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ISO Wildflower Honey

priyapet Apr 13, 2008 08:16 PM

My stash of wildflower honey from Agata and Valentina is running low and, living in SF, it doesn't look like I'll be able to replenish my stash anytime soon. Any SF Bay Area folks know of an excellent, floral, complex wildflower honey like the one I am addicted to?

  1. rworange Apr 13, 2008 08:53 PM

    I don't know what that particular honey tastes like but have you tried Marshall's at the farmers markets?

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    1. re: rworange
      daveena Apr 13, 2008 09:54 PM

      It's an extraordinarily perfumed, floral tasting honey. I'm familiar with it because priyapet got me hooked on it as well. I've tried a number of Marshall's honeys, and none of them have the complexity and over the top perfuminess of the one from A&V. However, I have not yet tried the highly regarded pumpkin blossom one, and am hoping that will be the one to replace the one from A&V.

      1. re: daveena
        priyapet Apr 13, 2008 10:01 PM

        Hmmm ~ I shall seek out Marshall's pumpkin blossom then! There has to be another honey like A&V somewhere around here, right D?

        1. re: daveena
          rworange Apr 13, 2008 10:33 PM

          perfumed, floral unfortunately aren't the qualities of the pumpkin blossom.

          1. re: rworange
            daveena Apr 13, 2008 10:47 PM

            Oh, that's too bad. What is it about the pumpkin blossom that people like?

            1. re: daveena
              rworange Apr 14, 2008 08:37 AM

              It has a rich almost butterscotch quality to it. It doesn't taste like any other honey I've tried.

          2. re: daveena
            chemchef Apr 14, 2008 02:08 PM

            What about orange blossom honey? Its perfumey. Also, Marshall's wildflower honeys are constantly changing, as the wildflowers that are blooming are constantly changing, so it may be worth another try.

            1. re: chemchef
              rworange Apr 14, 2008 03:53 PM

              While I consider the orange blossom a light honey in flavor and color, they get it from a number of hives throughout the state. One is markedly different from the other. It is best to go to the Ferry Plaza stand or the farm to get some reliable info.

              1. re: rworange
                chemchef Apr 14, 2008 03:57 PM

                Yeah, I meant orange blossom honey in general, not necessarily Marshall's. I just mentioned it because its somewhat perfumey.

        2. Xiao Yang Apr 14, 2008 09:01 AM

          There are wildflowers and wildflowers. A&V probably gets their honey made from wildflowers in New York State, which probably are different from California's. You might be disappointed with anything but A&V's honey, because it's bound to taste different. Unfortunately, as you probably know, there's no indication on their website that they will ship.

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          1. re: Xiao Yang
            pastryqueen Apr 14, 2008 11:09 AM

            I haven't found any local wild flower honey that blows me away. . . I do, however, really like Marshall Farms Star Thistle Honey. . .it's my favorite honey of all time. Great for just eating over yogurt or even off the spoon. :) It also holds up well to baking - the "verdant" flavor stays intact.

            1. re: pastryqueen
              Xiao Yang Apr 14, 2008 11:15 AM

              The French Laundry features a wildflower honey on ice cream dessert. Any idea what honey thy use?

              1. re: pastryqueen
                chocolateninja Apr 14, 2008 02:31 PM

                Hector's Honey, here in Sonoma county (Santa Rosa) has an amazing Star Thistle honey that I love. It's pretty much at the top of my honey list. (His wild flower is terrific as well, but I'm not sure it is anything like the A&V the OP mentioned) He sells at several farmer's markets around here, but I get mine at the Santa Rosa FM at the Vet's Building. Gipson's Golden is another Sonoma county honey that I enjoy (I find mine at my local Raley's)...their Sage is great and a recent try was their Avocado honey (which I have never had at all before)...thought it was very well balanced...a medium honey (not too light and flowery, not dark and overpowering) with just the right amount of sweetness...love it drizzled on top of my steelcut oatmeal in the morning, and by the spoonful.

                1. re: chocolateninja
                  chemchef Apr 14, 2008 03:00 PM

                  Oooh, yeah. I forgot about Gibson's Golden. I love their blackberry honey. Not sure where to get it around here (Berkeley) though. I received some as a gift and now I've run out.

                  1. re: chemchef
                    chocolateninja Apr 14, 2008 03:17 PM

                    DOH...helps if I spell it correctly! GiPson's Golden, not GiBson's Golden.

                    Okay...called Gipsons...according to the woman I spoke with, Gipson's can be found in the Berkeley area at Whole Foods, and the Natural Grocery Company. Berkeley Bowl has it in bulk (orange blossom, blackberry and wild flower varieties) but she wasn't sure if they had all those flavours in their bulk dispensers or if they rebottled it under a "house brand/label" type of deal. You can also order directly from their website, http://www.giPsonsgolden.com

                    Gipson Golden
                    2925 Saddleback Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

                    1. re: chocolateninja
                      chemchef Apr 14, 2008 04:06 PM

                      Wow, thanks chocolateninja! I've bought the Berkeley Bowl bulk orange blossom honey, but had no idea that it was from Gipson's Golden. Never seen the blackberry there in bulk though. I know that I've looked at both Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl in their regular honey section several times b/c I shop at both places regularly. I didn't want to pay the shipping charges b/c I figured I could find it locally. Maybe I'll ask about them ordering it at WF or BB. In any case, thanks a bunch for your help.

                      1. re: chemchef
                        kzukor May 4, 2008 08:57 AM

                        Berkeley Bowl does (at least sometimes) have "California Honey Blackberry" in medium sized plastic bulk containers (not in a dispenser.) It's complex and strong. I really like it. Mine is dated 3/20/08.

                2. re: pastryqueen
                  Euonymous Apr 14, 2008 04:25 PM

                  Marshall Farms Star Thistle Honey makes a fantastic mead as well!

                  1. re: Euonymous
                    SteveG May 2, 2008 01:05 PM

                    Home-made, or have you purchased this somewhere? For the project to be worthwhile, don't you need gallons of honey when making mead?

                    1. re: SteveG
                      Euonymous May 3, 2008 01:51 PM

                      We made it ourselves. I believe we used 12 lbs star thistle honey, uncooked, and Wyeast 3021 Prise de mousse Champagne Yeast.

                      1. re: Euonymous
                        Ruth Lafler May 3, 2008 03:04 PM

                        What was the yield from that?

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler
                          Euonymous May 4, 2008 12:12 PM

                          I don't remember, as it was quite a while ago. But probably the standard 5 gallons of water plus the honey. I think that makes 8 gallons.

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                            Ruth Lafler May 4, 2008 06:17 PM

                            Thanks! Sounds like an interesting project.

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                bourbongirl May 2, 2008 02:48 PM

                Cervenka Apiaries has a wonderful variety of monofloral honey. They have stands at the
                Livermore , Pleasanton , & San Carlos Farmers' Markets. However, I haven't seen them in Pleasanton for the past few weeks.

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                1. re: bourbongirl
                  Tyler McClellan May 2, 2008 03:39 PM

                  I think the wild blackberry honey from Marshall's is the best, just personal. They do have a wildflower honey, not sure about currently, but it is from the greystone campus if I remember correctly, which would be a bit unusual.

                  1. re: Tyler McClellan
                    stephtx May 2, 2008 05:47 PM

                    yum, I want to try some of these honeys :).

                    What about Branches from Katz? They make a wildflower, wild blackberry flower, and orange citrus, and black button sage honey.

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                  sonomasal May 4, 2008 07:28 PM

                  You might try Hector's in Fulton - near Santa Rosa


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