Honey Tasting: Forest Wildflower from Belize

Belizean wildflower honeyThe most unlikely honeys in my collection are the two from Belize – unlikely because I have never been to Belize (unfortunately), and because these honeys are not distributed in the USA. In fact they are not distributed at all, outside of whatever local markets they came from in Belize, where friends of mine picked them up for me. It makes me go all “awww shucks” to think that I have friends willing to carry honey from another hemisphere.

I wrote about the first Belizian example in my post about honeys that remind me of molasses. Today’s example came from my longtime friend Joel, who was in Belize last year with his wife. This honey has no contact info on the bottle, so I am not able to call the apiary in Belize like I did last time. I really have no info on this honey whatsoever, but hope to get more info from Joel if he can remember.

Tasting

Sample of Belizean wildflower honeyThis is nothing like the other Belizian honey example; there is not a trace of molasses flavor, and despite its liquid-caramel looks it is not brown-sugary either. Quite the opposite of those warm flavors, this one starts cool on the tongue, and then it’s all flowers. I have a number of strongly-floral honeys, but this one is a face full of flowers, to the point of being rather overwhelming. It has such a strong identity that I suspect it’s a monofloral honey, but I have no way to verify that. Lastly there is a noticeable bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall I would describe this honey as being like strong-smelling, slightly bitter jungle flowers ground into a paste and mixed with cool spring water. Every person I’ve had taste it has reacted with shock and fascination / confusion / horror. Due to it’s strength it’s hard to imagine what to do with it, (except take mini tastes periodically and marvel). It would obliterate any tea. Perhaps it could be used [very] sparingly in a mixed drink, like bitters, to give it a tropical aroma. In any case, I am sure glad to have it (thanks Joel!). In my call with the owner of the apiary responsible for the other Belizian honey I own, I learned that any given spot next to the forest can yield up to ten different honeys depending on the season. Based on the two distinctive examples I’ve had so far, I’m wondering what treasures remain to be tasted down there.

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