I attended a meeting of the Portland Urban Beekeepers tonight. It was their second annual honey tasting!
26 different local people brought honey from their hives from all over Portland and beyond. We all chose our top three in categories of visual aesthetics (including color and clarity,) taste (pleasant and distinctive,) and overall best honey.
It was very interesting to hear about the winners. One beekeeper, who won in two of the categories, has his hives situated in carrot fields. Another winner had a hive in their backyard in the Cully neighborhood. She had purchased a home with a double lot and filled it with bee friendly flowers.
It was a really great experience. I couldn’t believe how different the samples all tasted. Can’t wait to get my own hive going in the Spring!