The color of Honeydew Honey is generally dark to very dark and sometimes even has a green fluorescence. The flavor intensity is medium, woody and warm with a medium sweetness with weak acidity. There is a slight persistence or aftertaste of flavors which is sometimes astringent. Pleasantly there is no bitterness and the honey has a medium, woody warm aroma. Honey connoisseurs the world over seek out this honey, and is one varietal which we are confident you will enjoy tremendously!
What is Honeydew Honey?
Honeydew honey is a type of honey made—not from blossom nectar—but from honeydew excreted by plant sucking insects such as aphids. It is usually produced from trees, both conifers and deciduous, although it may also be produced from grasses and plants.
Plant sap is largely composed of water and sugars with a small amount of amino acids. It turns out that while aphids use some of the sugars and other nutrients in the plant sap, they must process a large amount of sap to get usable amounts of proteins. Plant sap only contains about 1-2% of proteins. The rest is expelled and actually ejected away from the insect to land on leaves or needles, branches and the ground below. Bees collect this off the plant or tree itself and off the ground below as they do with the blossoms of flowers.
Benefits of Honeydew Honey
Honeydew honey is highly appreciated in certain parts of the world by connoisseurs and honey lovers alike for its strong flavor and healthful properties. In general, honeydew honey is higher in minerals and amino acids than most honey varietals, as well as higher in molecular weight sugars (oligosaccharides) in particular, melezitose and raffinose
Oligosaccharides are prebiotics that have a beneficial effect on bacteria in the digestive system. It tends to be darker, less sweet, less acidic and resists crystallization when compared to honey. Honeydew honey has higher electrical conductivity and ash content and tends to remain liquid and resist crystallization because of high fructose and low glucose levels, as well as a low glucose to water ratio. There has been some research that indicates that honeydew honey also has higher than average antibiotic properties due to higher levels of Glucose Oxidase which leads to the production of Hydrogen Peroxide.
This is a very limited reserve honey, meaning we didn't push our bees to overproduce, nor did we blend this with some "other" bulk honey (like many other honey companies). This honey came straight out of a Hawaiian beehive and into the jar.
Since we take such care in our process, we are only able to produce small runs of each honey profile. Once this honey is gone, it's gone. This honey will have a slightly different flavor profile every season and every time we pull it from the hive. But every time, you can bet—it'll be delicious.
At Epic Honey, we make sure our honey is chemical free and all-natural. We maintain the integrity of our hives by assuring nearby farmers do not spray pesticides, so our bee colonies are never in danger.
SUPPORT SAFE BEE RESCUE!
We really like bees. That's why we practice "bee approved" beekeeping and bee wrangling, then donate the profits from this honey to a powerful, no-kill bee rescue operation.
You are literally helping to save the bees when you purchase a case of Epic Honey. Profits from this item go to support the safe rescue, relocation, and rehabilitation of honey bees through our partnership with the American Honey Bee Protection Agency (www.ahbpa.org). Every $10 you spend with Epic Honey Co. saves around 2,500 bees.
Together, we can save the bees! Thank you! We need our pollinator friends.
Shipping & insurance fees are based on package weight. Our limited reserve honey is shipped in thick glass jars, which add some extra weight to the overall package. Your shipping fee guarantees delivery and the integrity of these glass jars. If a jar is broken upon receipt, we will send you another replacement jar at no extra charge.
Jars of honey are based on net ounces, not fluid ounces.