This is the best honey in the State of New Jersey, according to the 2020 New Jersey Honey Show.
Our bees forage in the South Mountain Reservation of New Jersey stopping at their favorite flowers along the way. From linden, poplar, Japanese bamboo and a variety of wild flowers, they collect nectar to produce delicious honey.
Brian Corrigan from Maplewood said:
"Oh...my...God! That honey is amazing! If I didn't know better, I'd swear you'd put some kind of orange flavoring in it. That stuff's not going into tea...it's strictly for spreading on bread where you can really taste it!"
And a few weeks later Brian said:
"I had some friends taste it just two nights ago. You're gonna need more bees!"
A note on Japanese bamboo honey
Japanese bamboo honey, as its name suggests, is made from Japanese bamboo or Japanese knotweed (Fallopia Japonica). It has a distinctive dark amber color, and a rich deep flavor, with floral, caramel and citric notes. It’s naturally high in sugar, leaving a soothing coat to the throat.
Because of its intense flavor it pairs well with mild fresh cheeses such as goat cheese and Saint Angel, however it creates a delectable contrast with sharper cheeses such as aged gouda and parmesan cheese.
Japanese bamboo honey is a delicacy that is only available in the fall in years when there isn’t a summer drought. Therefore we celebrate it when we are able to harvest it. This Japanese bamboo honey comes from South Mountain Bees in Northern New Jersey, where Japanese bamboo is abundant in river banks and forest areas.