Isle of Colonsay Wildflower Honey

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Isle of Colonsay Wildflower Honey is unique, not only because of its taste, but also because of its provenance: the small windswept island is the last place where the Native Scottish Black Bee can be found, which has also boarded the Ark of Taste.

In past centuries there were Native Black Bees all across Scotland, but this isles of Colonsay and Oronsay are some of the last remaining havens, protected with reserve status by the Scottish Government to retain their biodiversity and prevent cross-breeding.
Deeply aromatic, with a powerful flavor, Isle of Colonsay Wildflower Honey varies naturally according to the foraging and seasons, but always reflects the unmistakable terroir of this remote isle, with a combination of nectar from thousands of Hebridean wildflowers. Heathery notes are quite strong and in season, wild thyme can be detected.
Industrial farming interferes with natural bee foraging—where are hedges uprooted and grasslands are artificially fertilized by nitrogen instead of nature’s clover. Only in such remote places as Colonsay can a wide diversity of wildflowers still be found. The honey is extracted and filtered at the lowest-possible temperature to preserve the essential oils and their unique flavors.

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StateUnited Kingdom

Scotland - The Isles

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Nominated by:Wendy Barrie
Arca del GustoThe traditional products, local breeds, and know-how collected by the Ark of Taste belong to the communities that have preserved them over time. They have been shared and described here thanks to the efforts of the network that Slow Food has developed around the world, with the objective of preserving them and raising awareness. The text from these descriptions may be used, without modifications and citing the source, for non-commercial purposes in line with the Slow Food philosophy.