MAY: FLORAL HONEY

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FOR THE HONEY:

  • One part fresh blossoms

  • One part filtered raw honey (unfiltered honey is too thick)

Combine in a glass container, cover and steep for up to a week in a cool, dark place. Then, strain the blossoms out. The infused honey will keep for a few months in that cool, dark place.

One of the easiest and one of the best uses for may flowers. Use blossoms from any apple tree or wild violets.

SUSTAINABILITY NOTE:

Thinning apple blossoms ensures better fruit by allowing the tree to focus its energy in fewer places. Thin mindfully by taking blossoms from places that aren’t ideal for fruit, like the undersides of branches and other shaded places. Always take the entire cluster of buds and blossoms, even if you don’t intend to use the whole thing.

Never take more than one-third of the blossoms present on a wild violet plant. If a single plant has fewer that four blossoms, leave it be.