Due to its reported health benefits, and high antioxidant levels, buckwheat honey is highly sought-after by many people. For two seasons in a row, we tried to get a crop from the buckwheat fields in Everson, but failed to produce anything substantial. It seems you need a couple things that Whatcom County lacks: long hot days and buckwheat grown for seed, not cover.
Our new mission was to find raw and local buckwheat honey! We knew there must be someone in Washington state who offered this magical product, and after searching and searching, we finally found a beekeeper who did! Over in the very hot and dry Yakima area, a beekeeper has been quite successful in getting his bees to produce an abundant crop of buckwheat honey. This stuff is the real deal folks! Pure, thick, and unfiltered!
Flowering buckwheat produces a field of petite white flowers. It seems strange that such tiny pale blossoms can produce what some people say is the strongest honey they've ever had! Buckwheat honey has a taste best described as malty, earthy, and unique. Some say it's a bit on the chocolatey side, with flavors of molasses. Many find the flavor too strong for a light tea or toast, but rather use it in baking recipes, barbecue sauces, and coffee.
Buckwheat honey is different than the rest, and really demonstrates that when it comes to the flavor of honey, it's all about the nectar source. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!