When the opportunity arose for a site visit to Heather Hills Honey Farm in Blairgowrie you didn’t have to ask us twice, after all, the humble busy bee does more than make wonderful honey! Bees are responsible for the pollination of crops which in turn increases yields and better quality fruit. In fact, Albert Einstein was once said to have claimed that “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.“
Established in 1945 with a single hive the farm now has hives located throughout Perthshire and Deeside with an impressive 1,300 hives housing approximately 52 million bees. The hives have been thoughtfully placed, offering the bees a maximum proximity of 5m radius of some of the most unspoilt rural land in Scotland. This allows the bees to produce a far superior product.
On the farm, production also takes place keeping with traditional methods to preserve the quality of the honey. The combs are extracted while still leaving enough reserve for the bees over winter. They are then entered in to a rotating barrel and spun vigorously, allowing gravity to extract the sweet nectar. The honey is then captured bottled and sealed ready for distribution. This is a method which is opposed to more modern methods of heat extraction which are known to damage the quality of the honey. Modern methods are known to produce higher yields but the quality just isn’t the same. This is why Heather Hills honey is known as the ‘Champagne of Honey’, with floral notes and an ever increasing popularity from all over the word selling in Japan, Germany and the US.
Sadly, we think this is a product which is under used in today’s kitchens. It is available all year round, locally produced and tastes absolutely delicious! Give it a go and let us know your ideas.