Honey from the hills: Brockley’s very own honey

So I finally went and got myself an iPhone, which of course meant I immediately downloaded Hipstamatic and got snap happy all weekend. Get me. But luckily this post is more than me simply showing off with my new phone, it’s an actually useful post about delicious local honey, with like, fancy pictures.

Capital Bee, AKA Camilla Goddard has hives set up in various locations around South London from which she makes honey particular to that area. Because the flowers are different in each place, and at different times, each batch is unique in flavour.

When I tasted the honey, the first thing I noticed was just how floral the flavour was, which might seem a silly thing to say about something made from flowers, but that fact was certainly more apparent, probably due to the variety of flowers it had come from. Because gardens in London are so tightly packed together and filled with such an array of different plants, the flavour of the honey actually ends up being more complex than traditional country honies where there is a smaller variety of flowers.

It has also been said that eating honey from your local area can be beneficial to hayfever sufferers as it helps build a resistance to the pollens you are most frequently exposed to. The honey is available from a few shops and markets around the SE areas it’s made in, and can probably be ordered through the Capital Bee website if you send Camilla a nice email, but I got it from the Greenshoots open day in New Cross this weekend.

Greenshoots is a garden project founded by Jill Mountford and Linda Banks,  featuring a vegetable garden, beautiful flowers and a bee hive  from which the New Cross variety of the SE honey is produced. The school next door also gets heavily involved with the garden, allowing children to really engage with how food is produced, something which I think is not only positive, but vital.

Local environmental group Transition New Cross also volunteer with the upkeep of the bounteous vegetable patches which allows residents from nearby to get involved in the Greenshoots project alongside employees who keep it doing full time.

Head to the Transition New Cross website, or follow them on Twitter to find out more about or get involved with local environmental initiatives such as Greenshoots.

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2 Responses to “Honey from the hills: Brockley’s very own honey”

  1. Helen Says:

    I absolutely love the fact that someone has found a way of making iphone photos look good! I will download asap. Loving the Brockley honey. I need to get my hands on some of the Peckham honey. Perhaps we could compare, what with the two places being so close to each other and all. A little local honey tasting.

    • laurafleur Says:

      Bet they would be really different, despite the small distance, after what she was saying about how much exotic garden plants effect the honey in London. Let me know if you get your hands on any!

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