KATZ BLACK BUTTON SAGE HONEY 16 oz. (that is one pound!)
Our First Gathering of this California Honey in 5 Years!
About Our Black Button Sage Honey:
This wild species blooms from February through June along the hilltops of the California Coastal Ranges. This gathering is from Monterey County. Little buttons of flowers on the tall stems give the plant its common name. Yet this bloom does not occur annually, so the bees produce this honey every few years. There must be the right mix of weather…good spring rains followed by a cool, dry spell in order for the wild salvia to flower and provide nectar for the waiting honeybees.
Last year was the first time we have been able to find enough of this single floral honey since 2011! The California drought and climate change continue to make future gatherings challenging at best, but for now we are thrilled to offer KATZ Black Button Sage Honey.
Here are some of our tasting notes:
This gathering is typical of the lovely light amber, hay-like color associated with this floral source; and it has pleasant high notes of herbs and flowers with a rich texture. This very approachable honey has a myriad of culinary uses…but to truly savor its virtues, pull out a spoon and indulge…you will be amazed at the depth of flavor.
COOL FACT…Black Button Sage is a miracle of nature, as the nectar of this flower does not granulate like nearly every other floral source, even in the coldest of winters.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: With a distinctive fruit flavor, this honey will make a perfect spread for warm toast and muffins, or a good addition to marinades and dressings.
“Fantastic honey is like a superb wine: sophisticated, complex, distinctive.” Oprah Magazine
About Our Honey
Bees produce honey from the nectar of blooming plants, but the nectar produced by one flower will be different than that of another flower. Our mission is to seek out distinctive California flora which produce honeys that have the qualities in aroma, taste, texture and color reflective of their particular species of flower.
All of our honeys are gathered directly from the hives and bottled unpasteurized, thus maintaining the multitude of health benefits associated with honey that are often lost in traditional commercial honey from overheating to eliminate crystallization.
As many of you know, it has become increasingly difficult for the fantastically hard-working honeybees to gather the nectar from dwindling floral sources given the drought in California, the ongoing impact of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the increasingly harmful effects of habitat loss. We work closely with beekeeper friends to bring you the highest quality and best tasting honey that is currently available.
Please note: Crystallization is normal for unheated and unfiltered honey such as ours, but honey is good forever because its antibiotic properties keep it from spoiling. You can improve the quality of crystallized honey by placing the opened jar in hot water bath and stirring it until it liquefies.