At Nook Farm Honey we sell five types of honey, Cumbrian Wildflower, English Blossom, Balsam Flower, Borage Flower and Yorkshire Heather honey.
The filter we use still allows very small particles of beeswax and pollen to remain in the honey. We believe a finer filter would remove some of the taste and beneficial properties of the honey. At Nook Farm Honey we sell five types of honey, Cumbrian Wildflower, English Blossom, Balsam Flower, Borage Flower and Yorkshire Heather honey.
Honey is produced all over the world and every regions honey has its own unique flavour and different properties. The aroma, flavour and colour of honey is determined by the types of flower from which the honey bee collects nectar. If a bee collects nectar from one flower source this gives the honey a consistent flavour and is described as a single flower honey. Wildflower honey is made by bees collecting nectar from a wide range of flowers and this means the characteristics of wildflower honey vary even from one field to another. Here in Britain our beekeepers produce some of the best honey found anywhere.
Balsam Honey is amber coloured, it has a fairly thick consistency but will still run off a spoon. It has a very distinctive taste with a background flavour not dissimilar to toffee. Balsam Honey is wholesome and very satisfying you may not be able to resist eating it straight from the jar. It is a single flower honey, which is produced by Mahmoud a beekeeper based in Manchester. Mahmoud has apiaries situated in areas where Balsam grows in huge quantities. Balsam Honey is the perfect accompaniment to ice cream or yoghurt, it can add an extra depth of flavour in cooking especially stir-fries and curries.
Bees love Balsam and a bee that has visited a Balsam flower will often look completely white after covering itself in pollen. Balsam grows mostly along riverbanks its proper name is Himalayan Balsam. The Victorians grew Balsam as a greenhouse plant but it escaped into the wild and is now naturalised in the British Isles.Shop Now
Borage Honey is a single flower honey and unique in its flavour and quality. It is a pale light runny honey with a delicate mild taste. We work closely with Mark who keeps bees in Yorkshire and supplies us with Borage Honey. Borage honey is a very versatile honey and can be used to sweeten tea or coffee. It adds flavour and sweetness without overpowering other tastes. Borage Honey can be used instead of sugar and is probably better for you.
In the summer a field of Borage will be alive with the sound of Honeybees. Borage or Starflower is a traditional medicinal and culinary herb native to the Mediterranean it was first cultivated in Turkey and Syria. You may be familiar with Borage in your garden or have seen the flowers in a glass of Pimm’s.Shop Now
English Blossom Honey is a runny honey with a clear dark golden colour it has a strong sweet taste which melts away on your tongue. The flavours come from a mix of flowers such as Lime and Apple trees, Dandelion and Hawthorn this honey is carefully and lovingly harvested from Mahmoud’s bees.
This lovely honey is produced by Mahmoud whose apiaries are located in areas around parks, gardens and golf courses in Manchester where there is an abundance and variation of forage for the bees to gather. This gives the honey a luxurious texture and makes it a very versatile honey which can be used as a substitute for sugar in cooking and hot drinks. It adds flavour and sweetness without overpowering other tastes, great to use every day.Shop Now
Our Wildflower Honey is very runny, it is beautiful in flavour and to look at, it is truly the taste of Cumbria. This Wildflower honey has a range of flavours from the wildflowers that grow in the countryside around Nook Farm. Our Wildflower honey can vary slightly from year to year. Willow Herb, Blackberry, Clover, Thistles, Meadowsweet, and Heather all play their part in the complexity of tastes in this exclusive honey.
It is a luxury product and we often compare it to a fine wine or champagne in its quality and pedigree. We harvest our honey in late summer and it is always a time of great excitement and anticipation. Producing honey in our part of Cumbria is not easy but worth it, supply is limited and demand extremely high. We hope you enjoy this honey as much as we do.Shop Now
Our Heather honey is a smooth, rich flavoured and full bodied honey with a distinctive aroma. The initial taste is slightly caramel, and it is soon followed by a cooling sensation in the back of the mouth, it has complex aftertastes with a hint of aniseed. Heather honey needs very careful harvesting and delicate handling before it is bottled to retain all its unique natural properties. This wonderful honey is from Mark’s bees in North Yorkshire, he produces honey in batches specifically for us. Spread this honey onto buttered wholemeal toast or crusty bread, drizzle into porridge for the ultimate comfort food.
Ling Heather grows in upland areas across the UK. It is a low flowering bushy shrub which has spectacular purple flowers often creating a carpet of colour when plants grow close together. During August hives are moved from the lowlands to the heather moors to be placed amongst the heather and if the weather is good the bees quickly produce Heather honey.Shop Now