Color: Light-colored, golden (Varies with the harvest)
Texture: Silky, with a thin consistency
Finish: Medium finish with a lingering tropical aftertaste
Harvest season: October, November, and December
This tropical honey is the perfect sweetener for yogurt and smoothies. We love how the fruity character of Angico pairs with Açaí and Fruit Bowls. On the cheese side, Angico is excellent for soft cream cheeses such as Camembert and Brie.
Harvested from subregions of the Atlantic Forest, our Angico Honey comes from the south region of Brazil, more specifically the center of Paraná State. This region is characterized by a temperate climate with no dry season, warm summers and frequent frosts in winter. Atlantic moist forests, prairies and transitional vegetation cover the countless hills and grow along the many rivers that run through this region. Abrupt elevation variation creates many waterfalls. This rough terrain is not very suitable for agriculture and therefore one can still find many protected areas. Angico trees can grow up to 70 feet.
Main Source: Honeydew from Bracatinga (Mimosa scabrella)
Taste: molasses, caramelized sugar
Aroma: earthy, sugar cane-like, musty
Color: dark red, brownish
Primary Taste: Earthy
Texture: smooth, creamy
Finish: earthy, slightly tart
Harvest Season: Every two years, from February to July
Every two years, an amazing natural phenomenon occurs. In addition to the nectar produced by the Bracatinga flowers, bees also collect the honeydew produced by sap-sucking insects called cochineals, which live in the bark of the trees. Bees then process this honeydew, just like nectar, and produce Melato. Melato naturally remains liquid for a long time and can be compared to the best European forest honeys.
Melato has been elected best honey in the world four times at the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (APIMONDIA).
We love using this honey on fruits like banana. Perfect honey for coffee or use in baking due to its flavor profile. Melato is also highly recommended for marinades.
Bracatinga is a tree from the genus Mimosa. It is one of the fastest-growing trees in the world, reaching a height of 15 meters (49ft) tall in only 3 years. Bracatingas are native to the southern regions of Brazil, where they grow in colder humid weather in mixed Araucaria moist forests. In the cold months in the south, this tree is the only species that supplies pollen and nectar in abundance and is therefore very useful for beekeeping. Because they are highly melliferous, they are widely visited by bees of the genus Apis sp and Trigona sp, which pollinate their flowers in search of honey. The honey of the Bracatinga flower is rare and of a bitter taste, but incredibly medicinal. It acts on the stomach, liver, and intestines. It helps to balance the rate of sugar in the blood. Diabetics and hypoglycemics can use it.
The relief consists of plains, mountains, valleys, broad floodplains in the basins of the Iguaçu and Jangada Rivers, on the border with the state of Paraná. The area is located in the Iguaçu basin and its tributaries. The climate is predominantly humid mesothermal with an average annual temperature of 16.7 °C (62 °F), with fresh summers averaging 21 °C (69.8 °F) and cold winters averaging 12.6 °C (54 °F). In winter, frosts often occur. The average annual rainfall is 1530 mm.
The primary economic sector in this area is forestry (production of cellulose and furniture) and agriculture. Both activities help reduce rural exodus and generate income for people living on the land.
The region is well known for its natural touristic attractions. One of the most famous is the 'Caminho das Águas": The Water Path. The tourism sector of the municipality has a lot of diversity and structure for tourists. In total, there are 150 waterfalls and rapids that make up the natural scenery of the interior. One of the highlights is Salto do Pintado, 18 km from the central area. With 30 meters of height, it supplies energy to the church bench factory of São Miguel da Serra, one of the most prestigious districts of the municipality. Also worthy of note is the Salto do Rio dos Pardos, 72 meters high. Besides these, many other waterfalls have more wild styles; some are difficult to reach and end up attracting tourists to extreme adventures such as rappelling, trekking, and canoeing.
Aroeira won BEST NEW HONEY OF THE YEAR 2019 at the sofi™ Awards!
This honey is perfect on vanilla ice cream and strawberries. We also love using it as a sweetener for Chai and Hot Chocolate because of its aroma and marshmallow-like taste. For cheese? We love it for intense, savory cheeses like blues and pecorino.
Our Aroeira honey comes from the Cerrado, a biome that accounts for a full 21 percent of Brazil's land area. The Cerrado's climate is typical of the rather moister savanna regions of the world, with a semi-humid tropical climate. The Cerrado is limited to two dominant seasons throughout the year, wet and dry. Since then, vast amounts of research have proved that the Cerrado is one of the richest of all tropical savanna regions and has high levels of endemism. Characterized by enormous ranges of plant and animal biodiversity, the World Wide Fund for Nature named it the biologically richest savanna in the world, with about 10,000 plant species and 10 endemic bird species.
Main Floral Source: Marmeleiro-do-Mato (Croton sonderianus)
Color: Straw-like, yellow gold
Aroma: Floral, slightly fruity
Taste: Citrus fruity, tangerine jam, waxy
Primary Taste: Sweet
Texture: Velvety, thick consistency
Finish: Medium finish with a waxy undercurrent
Harvest season: Beginning/middle of rain season January, February
Marmeleiro is one of the most common honey in northeast Brazil. We like eating it on Oatmeal, Croissants, and Toasts. We also really enjoy Marmeleiro with Grapefruits or Watermelons. For cheese, we recommend Ricotta and Cottage. It also pairs nicely with Brie.
Our Marmeleiro Honey comes from interior northeastern Brazil, a region mainly covered by the Caatinga, which is an ecoregion characterized by desert vegetation. It covers 10% of brazil’s surface, an area 20% bigger than Texas. The Caatinga is a very dry place in Brazil, with frequent droughts that can last up to 7 months. There are only two distinguishable seasons. These are the winter when it is hot and dry, and the summer when it is very hot and little rain can be seen from January to April. After the first rains in the caatinga, the Marmeleiro plants are the first to bloom. Their small, white flower is very fragrant. Many insects like wasps, moths, flies and, mainly, native bees visit their flowers to collect pollen and nectar. The nectar of the Marmeleiro flowers is responsible for the production of honey with a very appreciated taste and with a high commercial value for the beekeepers of the northeast, being one of the primary sources of nectar of the caatinga. These characteristics favor the use of this species in places where native stingless bees are bred and kept. Due to its high capacity for regrowth and its rapid growth, the quince tree is a potential species for the restoration of degraded areas.
This honey is:
No additives or flavoring
Eucalyptus - Organic Brazilian Eucalyptus Honey
Main Floral Source: Eucalyptus sp.
Taste: butterscotch, toffee caramel
Aroma: toffee, lemony
Color: golden yellow
Finish: caramel sweet
Harvest Season: February, March, and April
We really like adding this eucalyptus honey to cold brew, apples, and granola. It is an excellent honey for baking and pairs very nicely with smoked cheeses.
There are five main species of Eucalyptus planted in the areas where the apiaries are located: Eucalyptus cloeziana, grandis, citriodora, saligna, and urophylla. The Eucalyptus bloom offers bees and beekeepers a second nectar flow during the year. This happens because the trees bloom at a different time than the other many flowers in the Cerrado.
Brazil is the largest producer of Eucalyptus. Its cultivation reduces the deforestation of natural biomes and gives producers the opportunity to work with beekeeping, producing honey and other products, which increases their income and fights rural exodus.
This honey comes from Eucalyptus growing regions around Itamarandiba, which is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Minas Gerais. The municipality has an extensive and diversified territorial base located in the High Jequitinhonha Valley, being one of the central municipalities of this region.
Itamarandiba extends over the domains of the Atlantic Forest biome - to the east - and the Cerrado. The terrain is marked by the vast plateaus and by the Serra do Espinhaço - Biosphere Reserve – UNESCO, where it is possible to find gallery forests, rupestrian fields, extensive areas of Cerrado and fragments of the Atlantic Forest. The Serra Negra State Park is one of the most beautiful conservation units in the northeast of Minas Gerais. Its area is 33,740 acres and has, as representatives of its fauna and flora, the Lobo Guará and the Canelas D'ema Gigantes. Both are symbols of the conservation unit. Of great abundance and vital importance for the Jequitinhonha and Rio Doce Valleys, the Serra Negra State Park is a natural attraction in Itamarandiba, and it composes the Southern Espinhaço Mosaic of conservation units.
The municipality of Itamarandiba is considered the "water box" of the Jequitinhonha Valley. There are large numbers of springs, streams, and rivers that are tributaries of the Jequitinhonha River Basin, as well as others that are tributaries of the Rio Doce watershed, the latter located further to the east.
The prevailing climate is the tropical altitude, with an annual rainfall of over one thousand millimeters (40 inches), a pleasant climate with a yearly mean temperature of 20°C (68°F).
Although the Jequitinhonha Valley is one of the poorest regions of Brazil, there you can find substantial cultural wealth in the form of indigenous influence, manifested in culture and the arts, typical regional food, and very welcoming inhabitants.