Meet Worker B Honeys: Basswood
Basswood Honey is a light and minty honey that comes from the Linden Tree (also known as Basswood or Tilia)
Basswood Honey goes wonderfully with yogurt and berries; pluck some strawberries from your garden and enjoy for breakfast or dessert!
Additional info about this native Minnesota tree:
- Rumors say the seeds mixed with the leaves makes a great alternative to chocolate
- There are approximately 30 varieties of Tilia spanning the northern hemisphere
- When dried, flowers are mildly sweet and used in herbal teas and tinctures
- Basswood is one of two only kinds of wood treasured for wild ricing
To taste Minnesota summer for yourself, find a store near you or shop this honey online. The Linden Tree is blooming right now, too. Small creamy-yellow, clustered tulip-shaped flowers debut in late spring and continue through summer. This is Worker B’s predominant honey source.
More about our varietal raw honeys:
Worker B is committed to sustaining local bees by supporting trusted beekeepers that use non-migratory hives, which means the bees aren’t shipped around for commercial pollination. We want bees to thrive naturally, which means hives free of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics.
Why is my honey crystallized?
This is a sign of GREAT quality of raw honey! Why?
- Honey is a supersaturated solution of two sugars: glucose and fructose. Glucose is quick to crystallize, whereas fructose is slower. The ratios of these natural sugars are all dependent on the characteristics of the nectar that the bees feed from.
- Honey crystallizes faster with cooler temps (under 50°F). The hive is around 85°F on most days, so freshly harvested raw honey should be liquid.
- Raw, unfiltered honey contains pollen, which gives honey something to bind to and thus creates crystals.
How do I reliquify honey?
The most effective way to deal with your crystallized jar is to embrace your lovely honey lumps and acquire a taste for the sweet, chewy goodness. If you prefer a smooth liquid, simply reheat honey in a pot with water on the lowest setting. Never boil or microwave your honey (or a beekeeper’s heart will break into tiny, tiny pieces).