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 main 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 great 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 exuberance and of 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 predominant climate is the tropical altitude, with an annual rainfall of over one thousand millimeters (40 inches), a pleasant climate with a mean annual temperature of 20°C (68°F).
Although the Jequitinhonha Valley is one of the poorest regions of Brazil, there you can find huge cultural wealth in the form of indigenous influence, manifested in culture and the arts, typical regional food, and very welcoming inhabitants.
Harvest 001 - Brazilian Terroir - Organic Raw Honey Varietal Set
Come with us on a honey adventure!
This Honey Set will take you to four of the most impressive regions in Brazil!
From rainforests to savannas, to deserts, our Varietal Set Harvest 001 contains 4 single-origin organic raw honey varietals selected by us and Henrique Breyer, our Master Beekeeper in Brazil.
With tastes and aromas ranging from tropical fruits to marshmallows and spices, these honeys will certainly surprise you.
Harvest 001 brings the following varietals:
Angico: Brazilian Acacia
Aroeira: Brazilian Pink Pepper
Marmeleiro: Brazilian Quince
Silvestre: Brazilian Wild Flower
Are you looking for something unique? Maybe you want to surprise someone with a gift? Do you want to add some of the most exquisite honey varietals to your pantry to sweeten your teas, spread on toast, pair with cheeses or drizzle on top of your breakfast granola?
Look no further!
Enjoy these honeys on toast, granola and fruit bowls. Add the jars to your favorite cheese boards when hosting friends and family!
Our Honey Box is a perfect gift for food lovers and home chefs. Give this to someone and watch their reaction after they experience what different honeys can offer!
You will never see honey the same way again...
*The jars contain each 4oz of honey. The total honey content is one pound.
Angico - Organic Brazilian Acacia Blossom Honey
Main Floral Source: Angico-Vermelho (Parapiptadenia rigida)
Finish: Medium finish with a lingering tropical aftertaste
Harvest season: October, November, and December
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 Floral Source: Aroeira (Myracrodruon urundeuva)
Color: Dark colored, brownish-red
Aroma: Nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper, anis
Taste: Marshmallow, rose hip marmalade, dried fruits
Primary Taste: Sweet
Texture: Smooth, with a medium consistency
Finish: Medium finish with a vanilla undercurrent
Harvest season: July, August, and September
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
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 main 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 great capacity for regrowth and its rapid growth, the quince tree is a potential species for restoration of degraded areas.
Ricotta, Cottage Cheese
Silvestre - Organic Brazilian Iguaçu River Wildflower Honey
Main Floral Source: Bracatinga, Vassourão, Branquilio, Maria Mole and Angico
Color: Reddish, dark orange
Aroma: Very aromatic, herbal
Taste: Floral, herbaceous, orange peel
Primary Taste: Sweet
Texture: Silky, with a thin consistency
Finish: Strong finish with a slightly bitter undercurrent
Harvest season: Beginning of the wet season: October, November & December
The Atlantic Forest is a very diverse and complex biome. In the highest altitudes, one can find the typical Araucaria Pine Trees. On the lowest altitudes, one can find palm trees and even mangroves. Our Wildflower honey comes from areas around the Iguaçu River, including the world-famous Iguaçu Waterfalls, the largest waterfalls system in the world. This area characterized by a humid sub-tropical climate, with two distinctive seasons; one very humid and hot in the summer and another, humid and warm, in the winter. The region is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.