thyme and fir tree honey

Organic fir tree and thyme honey review

by | Honey tasting and review

Another honey from our healthy honey tasting group.  Fasilis organic thyme honey is 100% pure Greek honey and contrasts nicely with Toplou, organic thyme honey also tasted in this group.

Type of honey: Two source nectar runny honey.
Location: Peloponnese peninsula of Southern Greece.
Verdict: 6 out of 5. Excellent slightly bittersweet honey.
Experience: May remind readers of the bittersweet smell and taste you get walking in alpine forests.

From the Fasilis family bee keepers from Peloponnese peninsula of Southern Greece.  This thyme and fir tree honey is a colour somewhere between pumpkin and plum indicating that this honey has rich and intense flavour.

Thyme is a fragrant herb with small leaves and tiny flowers that cover the plant from spring throughout summer.  Culinary varieties are often evergreen and have various health benefits associated with them.  Fir trees are large coniferous trees whose flowers don’t really resemble flowers, instead they have cones (pine cones are an example). 

In common with other thyme honey the Fasilis organic thyme honey has a zingy, high energy and uplifting aroma when the jar is first opened.  Get notes of cooked caramel, phenols, and that distinct smell of honey.  Not too sweet with a hint of alpine forest.  As the high energy organic compounds fly out from the jar it later mellows to a delicious bittersweet honey smell. 

Two sources of flavour

This honey tastes pure but has a slightly more complex flavour than Toplou organic thyme honey (also in this tasting group).

For those who have walked in a coniferous wood or forest will detect the slight taste and aroma given off by coniferous trees, making the flavour slightly bittersweet.  Totally unique among the honey that’s crossed our doorstep before (next day delivery with Amazon prime).

Thyme and conifer honey are known to be high in bio active healthy natural compounds.  Antioxidants that slow the effects of aging and can give you better quality of life.   Honey bees are likely to have foraged on honeydew on fir trees, known to produce honey higher in antioxidants.

Does this organic thyme and fir tree honey contain honeydew?

Honeydew is a secretion given off by some insect like aphids.  These insects eat sap given off by fir trees which gives them energy and causes them to secrete sugary honeydew which Honey bees love.  Honeydew is an excellent source of energy.  Ants also love honeydew and actually farm aphids in order to feed the ant nest.  An excellent example of how honeydew is the cause of an interesting interaction between two different species of animal.  Take a look at some runner bean plants (plant some if you don’t have any) and check out the underside of the leaf in summer: see it in action.

Fir trees don’t produce very much nectar and it’s debatable whether Honey bees forage for fir tree pollen.  Coniferous pollen is shed in a relatively short period of time and is blown by the wind, not making it very good for Honey bees.  So how come this honey has picked up the bittersweet taste of pine forests?  It’s got to be honeydew.  It doesn’t state it on the label but through a process of elimination that’s the conclusion we’ve arrived at. 

Honeydew honey is generally darker in colour although there are other causes of dark honey.  This honey is darker compared to the single source organic thyme honey tasted in this group, reinforcing the belief that this organic thyme and fir tree honey contains honeydew.  Why does it matter?  Well, here it brings an interesting flavour to the honey and makes it taste alpine.  Also honeydew honey contains different types of sugars and different antioxidants.

Certified organic honey and the label shows the EU organic logo.

 

 

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