Tamarisk tree flowers
Currently, the we produce the tamerisk honey near Socorro, NM along the Rio Grande. However, in recent years New Mexico has been aggressively trying to eradicate the tree. In the future we plan to move our Tamerisk producing bees to the Pecos river valley in Texas where the tree is still thriving.
Dark amber, chestnut brown
Tamarisk, also know as Salt Cedar is a pine like tree that grows all along the Rio Grande river from Northern New Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico. The tree has gained a reputation as a large water user and New Mexico currently has a program to try to eradicate this tree through removal. As a result, we have been making less and less honey every year.
The tree is a great nectar source for bees. The tree thrives in an environment that is harsh for other nectar producing plants. In the middle of the summer as the desert heat swells to over 110 degrees most of the honey bees food source dries up and dies. The tamerisk, on the other hand, loves this hot weather and begins the process of attracting pollination insects with its dark rich sweet nectar. For this reason we are able to keep the nectar fairly pure. The nectar itself is high in fructose sugars much like the medicinal Manuka honey of New Zealand. For years old desert beekeepers have reported that a good Tamerisk honey flow will cure bees of minor illness such as chalk brood and sac brood. The honey is slow to crystallize largely due to nature of fructose sugar.
As with most “invasive” species debates there are two sides to every story. The Tamerisk is crowding
riparian areas and using water but in return it provides a very nutritious food for honey bees and us.
This is the Irish Stout of the honey world, dark, strong and very unusual. If you are a fan of buckwheat or Tupelo honey this is right up your alley!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Apr 2013
Unique, strong-flavored honey. Ordering is easy and my order came quickly. This is the only honey I use now. So much better than the blah varieties available in the grocery store.
Posted by AD on 22nd Mar 2013
Smooth tasting, lower is sugar than other honeys.
Great in the Cinamon and Honey the miracle cure!!
Posted by Unknown on 29th Jan 2013
The flavors were sophisticated and interesting but the overall effect was not sweet enough.
Posted by Derrick on 26th Jan 2013
Beautiful aroma and complex taste to this honey. Has so many dark flavors: caramelized brown sugar, espresso, molasses, and wood undertones.
There is an actual long lingering finish with this honey. The caramelized flavors along with the coffee hang on the tongue and keep going for a while.
Bees are amazing.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Nov 2012
Although tamarisk is an invasive tree and I highly advocate it's removal, the tamarisk honey is delicious, delivered on time, and the way I wanted it. They even accommodated me when I had specific needs. Thanks for your delicious honey!!