Cathedral Honey Creates Buzz in Cathedral Shop
Have you seen the new product in the Cathedral Shop – honey collected from beehives on the Cathedral roof! Four hives are situated on the roof of the Cathedral and from this vantage point, the bees forage throughout the beautiful Abbey Gardens and historic ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund – just as the bees of the Benedictine monks would have done in medieval times.
Honeybees have an average foraging radius of two to three miles, so the flavour and colour of the honey they produce depends on the type of flowers from which the bees gather nectar. The specific floral makeup of the honey changes from season to season, but it is usually a very dark, rich colour. Nectar harvested from native trees, the multi-floral gardens and local agricultural fields combine to give this honey a complex, caramel taste which finishes in an almost molasses mouthfeel with well-balanced sweetness.
The honey is harvested late in the season to ensure the bees have access to the widest possible array of flora. It is carried down narrow stone steps and then spun out of the frames before being put into jars. At no stage is the honey fine-filtered or heated above 35 degrees celsius (the temperature inside a beehive) so that it goes into the jars with all the pollen enzymes and antimicrobial goodness still intact and to give a real taste of the Cathedral and its environs.
There are two types of honey available – runny and soft-set – to allow spreading, dipping, spooning, drizzling and everything in between.
Enterprises Retail Manager Jane Harrison said: “We are very pleased to be launching Cathedral honey. To have a product for sale in the shop which is made only a few hundred metres from where it is sold is quite unique. I know it will be a big hit with local residents and members of the Cathedral community who will enjoy the idea of the bees producing honey on top of our very own Cathedral roof.”
Jars of Cathedral Honey can be purchased for just £8.99 from the Cathedral Shop and make brilliant Christmas gifts.