Multi floral Honey.
This is the mainstay Honey crop produced by Irish Beekeepers.
It is Honey produced by Native Irish Bees using Nectar collected from many many different flowering plants. It will depend on the time of the season as to the differing subtleties of flavor of the honey being produced. As an example, if conditions are right and the Bees are working off a strong nectar flow in Spring on the native Hawthorn the exquisite honey produced has a light nutty flavor and a floral aroma second to none.
Or another copious nectar producing plant is our native wild white clover, which needs warm
weather to yield good amounts of nectar, up to 22 degrees but the resultant light colored honey
has a fantastic flavor.
Another hugely important plant for Honey production here in Ireland is the Good Auld Bramble,
AKA "Blackberry" . It is present in our precious hedgerows and on open ground and comes in
cursory glance. These brambles are referred to collectively as Rubus fructicosus. They produce
a heavy yield of both pollen and nectar and this results in a mild floral flavored honey.
An incredibly important plant for our native wildlife, in relation to its production of Nectar and Pollen,
(see photo from Leinster Honey farm and Wildlife sanctuary)
and also as an Autumn food source in the form of the beautiful Blackberry fruit. Also provides a
dense thicket ideal for nesting birds and mammals such as Hedgehogs field mice etc.
It is often overlooked as is so common and viewed as a nuisance plant but is vital for our under threat
Another to yield a strong flow of nectar, and a glorious brick red pollen, is the Horse Chestnut
tree. The resultant honey is dark in color but is usually mixed with nectar from other floral
sources, so it lends its richness and depth of flavor to other sources in flower at this time,
such as dandelion and sycamore.
If it is a good year, as it was this year 2018, a Spring crop can be taken off as well as the later
That is the great thing about our sparsely populated small island nation, with small field sizes
and good hedgerow cover.** There is such a diverse range of flowering plants for our Bees,
that the Honey produced can vary considerably, both in shade and flavor.
Sometimes, even from the same Hive different shades and flavors of honey can be harvested.
This is as a result of the clever little bees switching from one major source of nectar to another,
as one ceases to yield and another starts. Likewise we are extremely lucky to be able, as a result of
this diversity and small scale farming, to avoid the heavy pesticide usage as experienced on the continental landscape in large scale farming scenarios. Long may it continue !
** Intensification of agriculture and urbanaization is slowly in some parts, and rapidly in others, changing this leading to huge pressure on our native wildlife to source food and nesting sites , leading to serious species decline.**