SCOTTISH HEATHER HONEY – CLASSIC TASTE OF SCOTLAND
Our Scottish Heather Honey comes from our own apiary at the Gleneagles Hotel, Falkland Estate and at the Borders.
It is rich in taste and very aromatic.
SCOTTISH HEATHER HONEY
SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTIC: VERY HIGH THIXOTROPY – MEANING IT TURNS INTO GEL, WHEN AT REST.
Heather honey has an unusual texture, due to its thixotropic characteristic, being a jelly until stirred, when it becomes a syrup like other honey, and turning again to a jelly.
Both heather (Calluna vulgaris) and manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) honeys are described as thixotropic. This means that they are gel-like (extremely viscous) when standing still, but they can turn liquid when agitated or stirred.
The viscosity of heather honey is so high that makes the extraction of the honey from the comb very difficult. That’s why, this honey is extracted by pressure (instead of centrifugation), which destroys the combs.
WHAT TO DO WITH IT?
Heather Honey is very strong in flavour hence should bee used with caution. It goes very well with oranges in marmolade or in cakes.