Pollen - Organic Iguaçu River Valley Pollen - 4 Pack
Main Floral 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 cocheneals, 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).
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 grows 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 bitter taste, but extremely medicinal. It acts on the stomach, liver and intestines. Helps to balance the rate of sugar in the blood. It can be used by diabetics and hypoglycemics.
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.
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.