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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blueberry Honey, New England Cranberry Co., Lynn, MA

I can't remember exactly where I picked up the blueberry honey I have. It is packaged and distributed by the New England Cranberry Company which operates out of Lynn, MA, just up the coast from Boston. They have a website that states that they were founded in 1994 to initially create exciting cranberry products.If you are interested here is the link:

Their first product was Colonial Cranberry Sauce and it was such a hit that they then expanded into other things, including pepper jellies, chutneys, mustards and honey. Apart from blueberry honey they also sell Cranberry Bog Honey. The label on the jar and the website state that "our honeybees create this delicious honey by pollinating the blossoms of blueberry bushes. There is no infused essence here, just all natural flavor." Sounds great.

The honey has a reddish tinge to it. It is clear and thick, but at the same time runny. It is very smooth. You can roll it around in your mouth for a few seconds before it dissolves. It is uncomplicated; the first and after tastes are very similar. It is sweet, but not too sweet and has a straight honey taste of sweetness with a very subtle undertone of something herb-ish that is faintly bitter. After having a few tastes trying to find any hint of blueberries I can say with confidence that there is no taste of blueberries (alas). This honey would be very good in tea or baking, anywhere you might want to add some robust honey sweetness without changing the flavor too much.

If you are in New England you might find this honey in your local supermarket, but if you go to the New England Cranberry Co.'s website you can also order it online.

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