Christmas Berry Blossom Honey
Also known as Brazilian pepper, or wililaiki in Hawaiian, this non-native tree blossoms each year at time when few other trees are flowering, making it an important crop for the farm's honeybees. It provides a food source for the bees during this dearth period, while also making for a delightful honey! The bright notes and well-balanced flavors in this harvest contain a hint of spiciness. This honey also has a subtle green hue in its meniscus, a reminder of the intense floral source from which it originates.
Eucalyptus Blossom Honey
Eucalyptus Robusta typically blooms during September through November, making this honey a seasonal fall harvest on our island. When the nectar is foraged from a single floral source such as this one, the honey has a wonderfully rich brown and amber color, very smooth texture, and an intense flavor reminiscent of the robust trees from which it is derived. This honey has flavor notes of butterscotch, creme brûlée or caramelized sugar. This varietal is sure to delight your senses!
Lehua Christmas Berry Blossom Blend Honey
This is a delightful one off harvest from a farm in Kalopa. The area is well known for Kalopa State Park, a place of ancient ohi‘a trees. The honey contains delightful soft crystals with an intensity of sweetness finished with a hint of buttered popcorn. The Christmas Berry Blossom in this blend adds color and a bright flavor.
Nt. Weight: 5 oz
Founded by Kawika Sebag, Wai Meli harvests Hawaiʻi-grown honey in an effort to promote sustainability in agriculture and facilitate the plight of the honeybee. Wai Meli is produced by Big Island Moonbow Farms, a small-scale beekeeping venture located on Hawai’i Island. The unique flowers and nectar our islands have to offer help to create its special and delicious honey–from the Lehua Blossom Honey to its Eucalyptus Blossom Honey.
Inspired by the plight of the honeybee in Hawai‘i and worldwide, the grassroots company has been caring for honeybees in an organic fashion since 2011. While its primary focus is the health and well-being of bees, Wai Meli’s diverse apiary locations allow it to capture several of the island’s one-of-a-kind nectar sources. With immense passion and the combined efforts of family and bees, the Hawai‘i Island brand is pleased to offer its array of small-harvest, local, raw honeys.
This sweet team believes beekeeping is a synthesis of many elements including farming, biology and art. There are many variables involved in nectar selection and foraging availability; location, weather patterns, honeybee health, and hive management all play vital roles in the production of honey. Each harvest is seasonal and determined by the preferences of the honeybees. Wai Meli’s floral honey varieties are unheated to maintain nutritive value and true character. Working with his farm’s bees and receiving such an amazing product, Kawika finds this work to be a true labor of love!