From the time of Imperial Rome, to as recently as the Elizabethan Era in early 1600's England, the color purple was reserved to be worn only by royalty. No doubt, if they had tasted the honey made from the precious purple blossoms of the Alfalfa bloom, ALFALFA HONEY might also have been reserved for royalty. It is truly a honey for the most perceptive and discerning of palates.
ALFALFA HONEY has a mild floral aroma and a fine delicate flavor. If you find other honeys overly sweet, then you'll appreciate this light amber elixir. Chefs love it for baking as its flavor is subtle and not over powering. If you have a favorite tea, or granola, or any flavored treat that you want to gently complement with sweetness, this is the honey for you.
"Well, this sounds wonderful!" you may say, "And is alfalfa not abundant?" "Why do we not have more of this delicate and enticing treasure? Why does it not flow freely to every table in the land?"
Indeed, since 500 BC Alfalfa has become a staple forage for livestock from cattle to rabbits. It's high in protein, and its fiber is easy to digest. It has been used in Chinese herbal medicines for 1,500 years, and itís making a home in Western Cultures herbal medicines. Surely, if we were suddenly without it we would be devastated, and honey bees play the significant role in pollinizing the plant. That said, it is not an easy blossom to pollinate.
Only young and naive honey bees will pollinate alfalfa. The bloomís complicated anatomy has many layers and a structure called a "keel". As the bee pollinates the bloom from the front, the keel springs forward and bops the bee on the head. As it turns out, bees don't like to be bopped on the head. The older bees will develop a trick: they will take the blossom's nectar from the side rather than the front; unfortunately, avoiding contact with the blossom's pollen. Only the young bees (and those, shall we say, who don't learn so quickly) take the blossom's nectar from the front, and by doing so, gather the blossomís pollen.
So the next time you want a more delicate sweetener for your tea, try ALFALFA HONEY, and drink a toast to the younger and simpler bees.