What is Single-Varietal honey?
Single-varietal or mono-floral honey is simply a type of honey in which the worker bee has predominantly collected nectar from a single nectar source. Typically, bees will fly in a 1-2 mile radius around the hive, and, if the bees are located in the middle of, say, an orange grove, the honey produced from their labors will be unique and distinct to the orange blossom. Often, this type of honey will bear the name of the blossom the bees have mostly visited to make it. Want to experience the most unique honey flavors available? Check out our selection of raw single-varietal honey!Shop Single-Varietal Honey
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how we source our honey
We partner with small apiaries all over the world to source the best and most unique honey varietals available. Partnering with multiple small apiaries in different regions of the world provides us with a dependable supply chain of quality honey that meets our very high standards. By acting as a reputable and consistent buyer, we’re also able to positively impact the communities of our partner-beekeepers. As the community becomes more confident in a stable honey commodity market, more and more individuals get involved in beekeeping. This practice of partnering with small-scale apiaries is a win-win for Apis Mercantile, communities all over the world, and the honeybees that benefit from sustainable beekeeping practices.
When the frames of honeycomb are fully capped, the honey in the cells is ready for extraction and bottling. At this time, the beekeeper will remove the supers or bee boxes from the hive. The honey extraction process is done in a ‘honey house’ and involves uncapping the honeycomb cells to expose the cells full of honey and then spinning the frames in a honey spinner or extractor. The centrifugal force will shoot the honey out of the frame where it will drip down into a collection reservoir. After all of the honey has been totally removed from the frames, it is put into 55 gallon steel drums or 5 gallon buckets for transportation to our bottling facility in Charleston, SC.
When the honey arrives at our bottling facility, it is gently warmed so that it freely flows through our pumps and filters while preserving the natural enzymes and qualities that might otherwise be adversely affected by high-temperatures. After the honey has been pumped from the drums into the bottling tanks, the honey is hand-bottled and capped, labeled, and sent through a series of quality checks. Each bottle of Apis Mercantile honey is bottled by hand in our facility in Charleston, SC. The honey that fills each bottle is the result of thousands of labor hours of both the honeybees and the artisan beekeepers that tend the hives in each of our partner-apiaries. Beekeepers are true artists, and we are proud to partner with so many small apiaries in communities all over the world.
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local southern wildflower
- Certified South Carolina Product
- Hand-bottled in Charleston, SC
- This honey's flavor is a true representative of the Low Country flora