Silver Fir - Forest Honey
- Taste: Earthy, malty
- Aroma: Fir needles, woody
- Color: Dark amber
- Texture: Liquid, medium consistency - Does not crystallizes
- Finish: Herbal, resinous
- Harvest season: August, September and October
This earthy honey is great with milder sheep and goat milk cheeses. We also think it is the perfect sweetener for Chai and it goes very well with stone fruits in general!
Silver Fir honey is a rarity. Unlike blossom honey, bees collect the honeydew produced by sap-sucking insects called cochineals, which live in the bark of the Silver Fir trees. Bees then process this honeydew, just like nectar, and create this honey.
In Germany, honey may only be named "Fir Honey" if it has its origins in the Silver Fir. In other countries, however, the "Fir Honey" can also be spruce honey! If you want the true Silver Fir Honey, you must pay attention to the country of origin.
The Silver Fir is a large evergreen coniferous tree growing to 130–160 ft. It can be found almost everywhere in Central Europe, but it prefers mild climates. In Germany, there are areas where you find Silver Fir trees growing, especially in Bavaria and in the Black Forest. This honey is often produced directly in the Black Forest because only here there is a sufficiently large number of trees.
The tree is used also for the production of wood and as a Christmas tree in the winter months.
Silver fir has a good reputation as a medicinal plant, which explains its use since ancient times. Many components such as the needles, bark or cones are used. Rheumatic diseases can be treated with the resin of the tree.
The Black Forest is an extensive, forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany.
The mountain range has lower temperatures and higher rainfall than the countryside surrounding it. Its highlands see regular rain throughout the year, and relatively small annual temperature fluctuations. During the winter months, constant high pressure means that the summits are often bathed in sunshine, while the valleys disappear under a thick blanket of fog as a result of pockets of cold air.
The Black Forest is mainly rural, with many scattered villages and a few large towns. Tradition and custom are celebrated in many places. The forest is best known for its typical farmhouses with their sweeping half-hipped roofs, its Black Forest gâteaus, Black Forest ham, Black Forest gnomes, Kirschwasser, and the cuckoo clock.
Sports tourism also plays a significant role in the region's economy. Hiking and mountain biking trails add up to 14,000 miles and can be found across the forest. Paragliding and hang gliding are common due to the height differences in the mountains. Water sports like diving and windsurfing are practiced in the many lakes. In winter, skiing and snowboarding reign the slopes in the area.
"The Black Forest National Park, established in 2014, was the first national park in Baden-Württemberg. It covers an area of 10,062 hectares and lies on the main crest of the Northern Black Forest between Baiersbronn and Baden-Baden.
There are two nature parks named after the Black Forest that cover the region: the Central/North Black Forest Nature Park (Naturpark Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord) and the Southern Black Forest Nature Park (Naturpark Südschwarzwald). They aim to preserve the countryside as a cultural landscape, to market local produce more effectively and to make the area more suitable for tourism. The 394,000 ha Southern Black Forest Nature Park, the largest in Germany, encloses the southern part of the Central Black Forest, the Southern Black Forest, and adjacent areas. The Central/North Black Forest Nature Park covers 375,000 ha and is thus the second-largest in Germany. It begins in the southern part of the Central Black Forest, bordering on the Southern Black Forest Nature Park and covers the rest of the Black Forest to the north.
In addition, there are numerous nature reserves, protected areas, forest reserves, and bird reserves." - Wikipedia
This honey is:
No additives or flavoring