Traditionally thousands of hives are moved onto the moors each year, usually
timed to coincide with the main flowering of the ling and the start of the grouse
shooting season; the “glorious” 12th of August. Ling does tend to flower earlier
now and sometimes hives appear in late July.
The high moors even in August can be fickle with the weather and heather
honey crops may not be big.
The honey itself is dark in colour with a strong flavour and a jelly like consistency.
This makes it difficult to remove from the honeycomb and special techniques are needed.
Due to its relative scarcity, difficulty in harvesting and gourmet taste, heather
honey commands a price higher than all other ‘local’ honey. It is much sought after
though and for many customers is the honey to have on the shelf.