Chilcotts Farm Local Honey
All our honey is produced by our bees and harvested using craft skills and traditional methods. Our bees are located on our farm inbetween Bickington and Fremington, just on the outside of Barnstaple, North Devon.
Spring Blossom Honey
The spring blossom local honey is produced during the spring months from the local blossom in the countryside, and nearby gardens. The result is often a pale honey that is very delicate, floral and light.
Summer Flower Honey
Produced from July onwards, the summer local honey shows the characteristics of a traditional English honey, smooth with hints of fudge and citrus. The honey has a dark golden colour. A recent studies have established thatdarker honey is usually higher in beneficial antioxidants which are generally beneficial to health.
It is believed that the remaining pollen in traditionally processed honey (such as our own) may provide benefits to allergy sufferers local to where the honey was produced (within a 20 mile radius). The minute pollen particles could help reduce the sensitivity to hay fever and other pollen related allergies. The theory is that as the body ingests the honey, a tolerance is built up to the local pollens, helping to alleviate symptoms.
To reduce the symptoms of pollen allergies, take a tablespoon of local honey after each meal well before pollen counts start to increase. Keep taking until the pollen season comes to an end.
Our local honey is extracted in a centrifuge and strained through a stainless steel mesh sieve to remove bits of wax etc. Unlike most commercial honey sold in supermarkets, this leaves enzymes, minerals and particles of pollen behind in the honey.
Local Honey can vary tremendously, not only in colour and clarity but also in taste. Even though the honey may have been collected within a local area by different colonies of bees, the variation and contrast is clear when all the different producers of honey display their honey at a local show.
Want to know more?
If you want to know more about beekeeping and honey, a wealth of information can be found at:
The British Beekeepers Association: http://www.bbka.org.uk
Local Honey from Bees in Bickington & Fremington, North Devon
All our local honey is produced by our bees and harvested using craft skills and traditional methods. Our bees are located on our smallholding inbetween Bickington and Fremington, just on the outside of Barnstaple, North Devon.
In our opinion, the local honey shows the characteristics of a traditional English honey, smooth but floral with hints of fudge and citrus.
Sorry Unavailable or Out of Season
All natural and unprocessed honey will crystallise over time. Depending on which flowers the bees have been visiting will depend on how quickly the honey granulates or goes solid. Processed liquid honey bought in the super market, is treated to stop granulation. This is often done through heating the honey. This process destroys the natural properties of the honey removing the benefits and altering the taste.
At Chilcotts Farm our honey is Pure and Untreated. All we do is filter our honey after it has been extracted.
The fact that honey crystallises and granulates, is the best evidence that you have a quality pure product. However, if you prefer liquid honey you can restore it to a liquid state by gently heating the honey. To do this:
- Losen the lid of the jar, and stand the honey jar in a bowl of hot water.
- Gently stir the honey until the honey becomes liquid again.
Bickington Local Honey
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Normally available in August or September
May help pollen allergies
Produced in Devon, United Kingdom