Honey Tasting: Pine Tree Honey from California

Pine Tree Honey from California I returned to California in February and fully intended to come back loaded with honeys from the Honey Pacifica company, especially their pine tree honey, but came back with a bunch of other honeys instead. Then I remembered what century I live in, and ordered a number of honeys via their website. I’m really glad I did because all of them were good and this pine tree honey is really special.

This is the second honey I’ve gotten from Honey Pacifica that is slightly fermented on purpose (the other is the Brazilian Peppertree honey I’ve written about before). You can read about the pine tree honey on their site. In an email exchange with Honey Pacifica they told me regarding the fermentation that “the average honey has about 15% to 16% moisture and the Peppertree was at about 20% or so, it does not mean it has alcohol it just makes the honey expand and has a slight difference on the taste”. They didn’t specify the moisture content of the pine tree honey, but in its present state it’s quite thick so I doubt it’s going to ferment further.

I emailed Honey Pacifica to ask if any of their honeys are sourced from other places (I’ve recently come across other companies that repackage honey from other states or from as far away as Australia), but they promptly wrote back to say that “all of our honey is from mid to southern parts of California. Our Sage is from the Santa Clarita and Santa Maria Mountains, Pine Tree is from Sequoia, and Coastal Wildflower, Eucalyptus and Peppertree are from the Seal Beach area.”

Tasting

Today I gave a taste of this honey to my daughter’s friend without showing her what it was. She’s had little experience tasting honeys, but after pondering it a while she said, “it tastes like a tree”. I’ve had other tree honeys that tasted interesting but not like a tree, such as a Greek pine tree honey that tastes a bit sappy but more like molasses than anything else. This honey is actually what you would imagine a pine tree might taste like, but not in an aggressive way. Everything about it is unusual. It’s texture is viscous and gloppy but isn’t sticky; instead it dissolves quickly and turns sort of fine-grained in your mouth. It’s decidedly less overtly sweet than you expect honey to be, and with the gloppy texture it feels rather soft overall. The yummy flavor is kind of like warmed-up figs (and maybe a bit like cooked peaches?), but with distinct pine overtones like in a sawmill. I just love it.

Where To Find It

If you live in southern California, you can find honeys from this producer in specialty stores. I got mine directly from Honey Pacifica in the mail. If you order from them, I also recommend their Brazilian Peppertree, Premium Black Button Sage, Eucalyptus, and Avocado. Just don’t forget this one.

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