Towns and cities are great places for bees, and city honey can be of sensational quality (which may surprise those that associate honey with the countryside and the soft hum of summer, though there is that too).
I have generally found London honey to be complex and interesting to taste. The city contains a diversity of flowers and blossoming trees (by way of parks and urban gardens) which offers bees a wonderful mixture of plants to forage from.
London honey can sometimes be hard to find in local shops, so if you see a jar on your travels, snap it up. Raw English honey (fresh from the hive) is increasingly popular in the UK, especially among hay fever and allergy sufferers who seek out raw honey rich in local pollen (anecdotal evidence suggests eating local honey can help alleviate symptoms).
The caramel and floral tasting London honey that I am currently eating is from Sharon Bassey (previous winner of London Beekeeper of the Year). She looks after the bees and hives in Southwark Park in South East London (the park first opened in 1869 and covers 63 acres).
Given the importance of bees, we can help support local beekeepers and their businesses by buying local honey.
Here are six reasons to buy local honey
Raw local honey is more interesting and varied than mass produced honey, it tells a story of a time and place.
By buying local honey you are helping beekeepers to save and manage bees (which are important for pollination, and have been in decline and under threat)
Raw local honey contains a blend of local pollen (which some people indicate can strengthen a person’s immune system, and reduce pollen allergy symptoms)
Buying local means less food miles (mass produced honey in supermarkets is often “a blend of EU and non EU Honey” and has travelled thousands of miles)
Buying local honey supports small local businesses and is good for the community and for pollination.
Local honey, makes you happy (well, we think so…)