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Meeks' Honey strives to find and bottle a diverse array of varietal honeys but has been unable to do so in the last few years.
Still, I list here all the flavors that Meeks' has processed and hopes to process again.
This is also an amber colored honey coming from the central coastal areas of California. More flavorful
than alfalfa, this is a nice full-bodied honey, not overpowering but rich. Buckwheat is produced in the early summer.
Montana clover honey is the honey flavor by which all other honeys are judged. It can be water white to
light amber, is also well flavored but not overpowering, and can be made in large quantities in the northern
states of the US. Clover honey is produced in the summer.
Eucalyptus is a strong flavored but distinctively good honey. Made from the local eucalyptus
all over the coastal areas of California this is an amber colored honey. Eucalyptus often is the first honey
crop of the year as the trees can bloom as early as December, giving the bees a much needed start for the year and a
boost against a potentially long winter. Bees cannot work below a certain temperature and plants don't secrete nectar
below certain temperatures so even if the trees are blooming, sadly the bees cannot always make good use of the eucalyptus blossoms.
This honey has a strong floral scent and taste. It's often too strong for some but it's just right for
others. A light to mid range amber color, orange is a popular and difficult to get honey for the beekeepers
who are usually only allowed a two week window a year in which to make this much loved honey. Oranges do not need
the bees to pollinate them and are often seen as a nuisance to the orange growers who pick oranges during the time
the bees are in the orchards. The window for beekeepers to move their hives is in the late spring.
This is a mild and much prized honey in California as pure sage will never granulate. Sage produces nectar
when there has been enough early or fall rain to put on new growth, where the blooms occur, and enough later rains
to produce nectar. The drought years which often give us early rains but no late rains have been hard on the sage crops.
Sage blooms in the spring.
Wildflower is any combination of flowers where no one flavor is distinctive. Its color and flavor vary
tremendously and wildflower is made throughout the honey producing year.