Like many honey operations Wedderspoon began as, and still is, a family affair. Catherine and Sebastien Martin created the business to initially bring quality, unpasteurized, raw and organically certified Manuka honey from New Zealand to the Canadian/US markets. Their operation is based in Duncan, Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada), but they have since expanded with offices in the US, and offer other honeys and honey products, mainly across North America. They pride themselves in providing superior products that are BPA free, and certify that their honeys are chemical and pesticide free. You can order their products, which include raw and organic honeys, body care products, candles, lozenges, and honey dippers, on their website. And, for those of you who consume a lot of honey, they offer "super saver deals" for buying by the case...
The label on the fir honey states that forests of central Greece are the source of this fir honey.
|Areas of Greece; Central Greece is in blue|
When I think of Greece I think of Athens, a sprawling urban metropolis, or the Greek islands with their white washed houses with blue shutters perched on parched hills overlooking the Mediterranean in impossible shades of blue. I don't think of forests. However, I've since learned that 50% of Greece is covered by forests, and fir forests (primarily made up of Abies cephalonica and Abies xborisii-regis) are common in the mountains of central and southern Greece. In addition, Greece has three climate zones: Alpine, Mediterranean and Temperate. The forests of central Greece have an Alpine climate, where winters are harsh, with lots of snow, and summers are cool, with lots of thunderstorms. Of interest, not only do these forests produce fir honey, but they are home to some endangered species, including the brown bear, lynx, roe deer and wild goat.
|The mountains and forests of central Greece|
|Hives in central Greece|
The fir honey I have is very thick- which makes sense since I understand that honeydew honeys are generally thicker than blossom honeys. It is golden, light yellow and very shiny. There is no problem getting a large twirl on a toothpick. It rolls around on the tongue, has an unusually smooth texture and takes a moment (or two) to dissolve. It has a clean, sweet taste with a hint of molasses and a slight menthol after taste. The flavors gradually move from one to the next. It would be great drizzled on thick plain yogurt (in the Greek tradition), in hot cereal or on whole grain buttered toast. It might also be a good complement to a strong cheese.
|Wedderspoon Gold Fir Honey|