What's in our honey?
Honey comes from nectar which honeybees collect during the spring and summer. It's their power source and stores of it see them through the long months of autumn and winter.
Honeybees get covered in the pollen of the flowers they visit. This is what makes them such important pollinators and it can tell us which local flowers they like best. Harry's honey contains pollen from many different flowers and trees including geraniums, brambles, beans and roses. It's surprising that trees are popular - lime, hawthorn and apple are in the mix too.
Most people don't fancy random bits of bees or wax in their honey so we lightly strain it. We take care to remove as little as possible of the wonderful pollen. Harry's honey is only lightly strained because we want to keep the good stuff in.
Our Cotswold honey is a truly local product. And each season, the local honey Harry collects is unique to that time and place.
Is our honey raw?
We handle our honey as gently as possible. Most importantly, we don't heat the honey to pasteurise it AND we only lightly strain it - to remove large chunks of wax etc.
The important thing for us is that the strainer lets through as much of the pollen as possible. We do strain the honey because we figure most people don't want bits on their toast. If you would like completely unfiltered honey then let us know - it's something we'd be happy to discuss. There's no definition of "raw honey". There are rules around honey labelling and so, it's not something we can put on our jars. Our honey is as good as it gets - it's straight out of the hive.