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About Desert Honey

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MESQUITE HONEY

Mesquite trees are native to the Sonoran desert and are one of the most beneficial and important plants grown there. Several varieties are found, and they occur in a diverse area from 1000 to 5000 feet in elevation. Mesquites are legumes so they enrich the soil. They also produce numerous golden - colored blooms during the spring and summer. The bees, insects and birds love to forage upon them to collect pollen and nectar. The color of the honey can vary from an extra-light amber to water white depending on the conditions under which it is produced. The honey flavor is always extremely mild and sweet. This is considered to be the premier desert honey by many a connoisseur. The Mesquite blossoms are about the size of your finger and eventually they form seed pods. The seeds are an important food source for numerous wild animals. The seeds were dried and ground into flour to be a staple part of the diet of the indigenous Indian tribes of the Southwest. Many people have heard of Mesquite wood because it is used in smoking and barbeque sauces due to its unique flavor.

CLOVER HONEY

Clover is a far-ranging plant in the US and is one of the most famous for producing high-quality honey. In many northern states it is the predominate honey crop. Clover honey is marketed throughout the US by some of the major honey packers and many people are familiar with it. In the mountains of Colorado and Arizona, Blue Sweet Clover grows during the summer and bees are moved to these locations for the duration of the season.

WILDFLOWER HONEY

Many different kinds of wildflowers grow in Arizona and many of them produce nectar from which the bees can make honey. One plant is clled by the common name "Fairy Duster" . Ranchers call it "Guajilla" (pronounced "wa-hee-ya") and it is a very desireable scrub to have in their cattles' grazing range because it is nutritious and durable. We find it an interesting and beneficial plant because the bees produce the most wonderful 'carmel-tasting' honey from its blossoms. It is a very unique and rare honey. The scrub grows only in a very limited area of about 3000 - 4000 feet in elevation in certain parts of Arizona. It requires rainfall that is just right in timing and qualtity to produce a prolific bloom.

ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY

Commercially gown orange tree groves are the only source of Orange Blossom honey in Arizona.These blossoms are quite distinct when you pass the groves. They give off an aromatic smell that can travel for miles. This also attracts both domestic and wild bee colonies.Typically, Orange Blossom honey will vary in its color from year to year depending on how long the blossoms are "on". The color varies from almost clear to a light amber. The taste is distinct and sweet.

 
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