Geographical Sources: China and Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary
Floral Source: The Robinia variety of the Acacia tree.
Appearance: Very light and clear. Stays liquid longer than most honeys.
Flavour: Mild, delicate fruity flavour reminiscent of apples and saltanas. „
It is always good to hear of a little acorn that grew into a giant oak and this the case when it comes to talking about Rowse's honey. It seems that Tony Rowse set up his hives as a hobby and from there on he was well and truly hooked, this led to the establishment of the Rowse Honey Company in 1954.
When we were children we ate honey from our grandfather's Apiary, I always think of my Mother sitting at the kitchen table sucking a piece of fresh sweet honeycomb straight from the hive.
I personally much prefer the `runny honey`, the set honey tastes good but the texture is not one that would be top of my list.
Rowse's produce many different types of honey which range from honeys of the world to bee-keepers honey which is produced from hives around the UK.
Rowse's also produce a good range of fruit syrups, sauces and one of my personal favourites Lemon curd.
Rowse's are experts in their field and they understand that some will enjoy a mild honey where as others would choose a stronger or maybe a scented honey.
I prefer a mild honey and Rowse's Acacia honey is second to none. Years ago honey only ever came in jars but Rowse's now put their honey onto squeezable bottles which makes it far more manageable. The glass jars tended to get sticky and spooning the honey out could be a tricky job but the squeezable plastic bottles allow you to access the honey without all of the fiddling about.
Rowse's have come up with the perfect idea for the shape of their plastic bottles, they look like miniature beehives. The bottles have a small non-drip valve inside of the opening at the top and this means that the honey flows out without going all over the place.
Rowse's Acacia honey is described as mild, I love the light sweet clear golden honey, it has a very refined and subtle flavour that would appeal to most honey lovers.
The Rowse's Acacia honey in the squeezable bottle is easily spread and it is gorgeous on hot toast or crumpets. The sweet honey melts into the warm toast and soaks it with sweetness.
I know that many people love to flavour their drinks with honey instead of using sugar, I have never tried this but I well remember my Grandmother mixing a couple of teaspoons of honey with some vinegar and this was her recipe for colds and sore throats.
Rowse's Acacia honey can be added to a salad dressing and it is perfect for brushing a piece of gammon with before baking.
The clear golden acacia honey has a very `silky` texture that is very palatable, though it may only appeal to those who have a sweet tooth. The honey is rich and sweet and I find that a little goes a long way.
Rowse's Acacia honey is imported from Hungary and I assume that the reason for this is that the UK is not warm enough to let our bees feed on Acacia.
Honey has been used as a natural healer for centuries and one of my dear friends regularly buys Mother a small pot of Manuka honey to apply to her ulcerated leg.
Honey has an anti-bacterial property and it is considered a safe way to treat skin problems.
Although honey is the healthy option it does have a high calorific value and one teaspoon of honey contains around 65 calories.
Rowse's honeys are widely available, most major supermarkets stock them and I am sure that Holland and Barratt have Rowse's honey on their shelves.
A 340g bottle of `Easy squeezy` Acacia honey will cost you slightly over £3.