Finding really good honey isn't that easy (Read more about it here )... But since we – like you? - are real honey fans and think that it should have a permanent place in every well-assorted assortment, we have enthusiastically got behind it to open up a new "honey source" for you.
After extensive research and numerous taste tests, we have finally found a new producer that we are completely enthusiastic about, namely Julien Bourrette and his beehives ("Mes ruches" means "My beehives" in German).
The honey from "Mes ruches" comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France, which stretches from the Pyrenees to the Provence-Côte d'Azur along the Mediterranean coast.
The region has a few larger cities (Montpelier, Nîmes, Perpignan), but is otherwise very rural. Well-known sights and destinations include the Canal du Midi, the Pont du Gard and the numerous caves and stalactite caves.
In this beautiful landscape, Bourrette and his partner Johanne Baux have a wild population of 100 beehives with a total of 350 colonies. Julien has been involved with beekeeping as a passionate hobby since 2006 - since 2010 he has dedicated himself to this task professionally and full-time.
Julien and Johanne work with sustainable methods that focus on respect for nature and the bees. So they drive their beehives to areas where there is no intensive agriculture and only the best flowers grow. This method is called transhumance. This way they can guarantee that no pollutants, pesticides and other artificial additives end up in their honey.
Since the work is time-consuming, sometimes difficult and also expensive, the two have set up a kind of crowdfunding in which sponsorships for the beehives are awarded.
In addition to the nice certainty of contributing to the continued existence of healthy bee colonies and supporting sustainable honey production through such a sponsorship, the bee sponsors also benefit from cheaper honey prices. Then you can think about it...
Depending on the season and the condition of the flowers and trees in question, "Mes ruches" produces the following types of honey: lavender, gray heather (Bruyère cendrée), chestnut, Causses du Larzac, garrigue (Miel de Garrigue), mountain honey (Miel de Montagne).
We were lucky enough to be able to taste them all and are absolutely delighted with every single variety. The consistency of the honey is of a sensational crystalline creaminess and the respective aromas stand out individually and very clearly. This is really different than honey from the supermarket!
To really taste the honey, it is best to take a small amount and simply put it on your tongue. The honey begins to melt on your tongue through the saliva and dissolves into its individual crystals. The aromas are released, which you can now taste through the taste buds on your tongue, but also through your nose. A real experience!
For the time being we have included the following 3 varieties in our range: lavender , gray heather (bruyère cendrée) , mountain honey from the Ardèche .
Due to the seasonal characteristics, the others will only be available later in the year. We are already looking forward to the 3 first new additions to the honey shelf and soon to the following ones too!