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Organic Lavender HoneyOrganic Lavender Honey

Organic Lavender Honey

Olive Points: 69pts

Price £6.90

Description

Weight: 500g

With its delicate floral scent and enticing flavour, this organic honey is derived from the nectar of lavender flowers and is used to sweeten hot drinks, cookies and cakes. It also makes a lovely spread for toasted bread and warm scones and of course goes really well with cheese!  Because it is so mild, lavender honey is a good choice for children children love it on its own and appreciate the subtle taste.

In addition to its culinary uses, lavender honey can be used medicinally as it is rich in numerous health-boosting compounds, from tyrosine and anti-fungal substances to flavonoids and phenolic acids such as naringenin, luteolin, gallic acid, and caffeic acid.

Wild lavender honey is also good for protecting and soothing abrasions and burns. 

The Greeks and Romans used lavender to scent their baths and their linen. In fact the word “lavender” is from the Latin verb “lavare”, which means “to wash”. 

 

Our producer – La Ginestra

Our honey comes from a Cooperative in Tuscany called La Ginestra, founded in 1978 by a group of young people who wanted to preserve and renew the traditions of the Tuscan countryside. Established on a farm that had been abandoned for decades, it took the name form the beautiful yellow bushes of wild broom that at that time filled the uncultivated fields.

Since 1989 the farm has been organic, using eco-compatible methods of production in accordance with EC regulations. Beekeeping is one of the farms main spheres of activity, producing 6 varieties of single flower honey from the uncontaminated pastures and woodlands of Tuscany: Acacia, Chestnut, Wildflower, Forest flower, eucalyptus and heather.

La Ginestra’s honey is produced with the organic agriculture methods that prevent the use of any synthetic products or chemicals to treat and care for the bees, plastic has also been abolished with the bees only coming into contact with wood, metal and wax. The beehives are kept in wooded areas far away from urban and intensively farmed areas where polluting factors would damage the honey.

After the extraction of the honeycombs they filter and separate to eliminate impurities and air that can sometimes remain after this process. The honey is then packed in a liquid state (after a little heating under 40 degrees if it is too dense or cold). 

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