Heather Hills Honey Farm
Not open to the public.
From just north of Blairgowrie, Heather Hills’ 1300 hives of bees play a crucial role in pollinating the famous soft fruit from this part of Perthshire. Blossom honey is harvested in late June, and tastes milder, smoother and lighter than heather honey. It is removed from the honeycomb on collection from the hive, whilst the honey is still in liquid form - this negates the need to heat the combs for extraction, thus destroying some of the enzymes and good bacteria naturally present. The liquid blossom honey is stored in a (non-heated) settling tank in which any impurities present float to the surface and the pure honey is drained from the bottom of the tank. The heather honey, being much thicker, is subjected to a spinner in which the honey is spun through a small mesh filter to remove any impurities. The company also import selected honeys in from overseas, and pack for other bee-keepers. All Heather Hills honeys and preserves are presented in 12oz jars, ribbed and shaped like the old fashioned bee hives called skeps. Artisan blackcurrant, strawberry and raspberry jams are made in small batches using only local Perthshire fruit which Heather Hills bees have helped pollinate. They contain maximum fruit and no artificial additives or preservatives.
Reviews & features
Table Talk: Adam Newth on Heather Honey15 Sep 2015
Head Chef Newth on one of his favourite ingredients, Manuka honey from Heather Hills farm
We pride ourselves on getting our ingredients from Scotland not just to support the country, but because Scotland’s produce is amazing. It really rules when it comes to its global rivals. As a chef, it’s a joy. You have all this lovely stuff sitting…
Honey bunch: A taste test of some of Scotland's finest honeys1 May 2009
Honey is a special local food, requiring the cooperative efforts of thousands of bees and skilled keepers. The Larder makes a bee-line for the best.