Ontario's Best Honey ?
- PoppiYYZ Jul 25, 2013 07:46 AM
In an effort to avoid imported and mass blended honey, I have been trying producer sold honeys.
Some producers have three and four types of single flower honey (buckwheat, clover, linden, lavender,...), but I have found the multiflower or "wild" honey that the bees produce over the entire season tastes the most complex and the best.
Would you share the type and producer of YOUR favorite Ontario honey ?
I like clover (extra white) from the Peace River Valley. Loblaw had it last year as PC Organic, but I haven't checked this year, waiting for the July crop.
I also enjoy the contrabass: Buckwheat from Northern Hives, Cookstown, Ontario, found at Skyland on Lawrence Av. East.
A good general blend of SW Ontario white honey (Lambton County) is produced by Munro's, and often found in Sobey's. They use a fine grain crystal starter that they have kept going for 80 years.
Ha, ha. Buckwheat honey is a love it or hate it thing ! I keep trying it, but still haven't found the love !
I did a quick search and found Paradis Valley Honey Ltd. in the Peace River Region of Alberta and Peace River Honey Bees from Florida. Is one correct or is there another ?
Really surprised any honey can be organic considering the treatments beehives receive (before and after the honey flow) and the huge kilometers wide foraging area they will cover.
Peace River honey comes from a fertile sub arctic valley 400 km. north of Edmonton near Grand Prairie, and on into B.C. Probably too far north for grains, but canola is grown, and many pristine hectares of clover. There are several organic honey producers there, with the whitest honey found anywhere. I called it extra white above, but usually it appears to be water white, the highest grade in Canada and the U.S.
Here is Suzuki's take on organic honey (first time I've ever linked to him, as we differ on wind turbines!) http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-c...
For me its Brian Hamlin's honey.
He has hives on the Leslie Street Spit, the Toronto Island and a few other places. I know he sells at the Brickworks Garden Market, Fairmount market and a few other places. Since it is really quite wild flower honey, I find the flavour is really interesting. Also very local!