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Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Hawaiian Honey – Alive & Organic

$18.50

**Sold in 22oz Jars**

Ingredients: Hawaiian Honey

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Product Description

A sonata with with high notes of floral and fruit.

Lehua Honey’s rich, slightly floral taste and silky texture complement, but don’t overwhelm, other flavors and ingredients, making it one of the most versatile of honeys in the world.

Lehua Honey is becoming one of the rarest on Earth.  It is recognized for its unique quality, taste and connection to the islands of Hawaii.  The Lehua is the official flower of Hawaii.  It is sad that the Ohia Lehua tree is facing the threat of extinction.

Our Ohia Lehua Honey is gathered by a family devoted to beekeeping.

Mary Sautter tells us:-
Our honey is raw — not heated and not strained. Straining and filtering technically are two different processes. Straining removes grains of propolis, bits of wax, etc.
Filtering, depending upon the process and the fineness of the filter, can change the nature of the honey. Most honey packers strain their honey but do not filter (until you move to large packers that blend honeys, heat and filter)
We use a double centrifuge system: the first spins the honey and much of the wax from the comb. The second, a piece of equipment that my husband tested for its designer in Vermont, separates the fine wax and any large debris through a second centrifuge, leaving the beneficial pollens and propolis but not unwanted bits of debris such as seeds, etc.
Both our philosophy about working with the bees, which we regard as a partnership, and our organic regulations ensure that we interject ourselves as little as possible into the daily activities of the bees and allow them to do what they do so superbly. We do not give them any supplemental food of any kind. Hawai’i’s lush and varied vegetation, available year-round, provides the variety and supply of pollens, nectars and propolis that is ideal for bee health. In year like this one, where we’ve had an abnormally wet year throughout the entire island (this is highly unusual; our first experience), we have kept the filled honey supers on the hives so that the bees have sufficient food. This means that our honey production is far below average, but our bees stay healthy and the social order is not disrupted due to stress on the bees.

Mary Sautter and Peter Genier
My husband, Peter Genier, and I started the apiary in 2014 after the sale of our larger (1800 colonies) Vermont apiary which Peter started in 1970 after working part-time while in college as a bee inspector for the state of New York.

Peter Genier (right) and his son, Arthur. A family of two generations of beekeepers.
 

 

These photos of these ‘Ohi’a Lehua trees in full bloom were taken in the nursery bee yard. ‘Ohi’a trees are native to Hawai’I and grow nowhere else in the world. On this particular day, the nectar was so profuse that when the branches swayed in the wind, a shower of nectar was produced.

The paniolos, as Hawaiian cowboys are called, like to quench their thirst by riding up to an ‘Ohi’a branch, and squeezing a handful of Lehua blossoms to release a stream of nectar.

DISCLAIMER:- None of the products in this catalog and on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it our intention to prescribe any course of therapy. The descriptions in our catalog and on our website are for educational purposes only.

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