Wild Floral Aroma, Chestnut Taste
[Jirisan Hanbong] Jirisan Mountain Honey (2 Varieties)
Many people describe honey as 'sweet' - but it's so much more!
Depending on the type of nectar, honey can taste floral, fruity, nutty, earthy and even spicy! Today, we introduce two premium honeys harvested in Jirisan Mountain: Snowbell and Chestnut Honey. As the name states, the nectar is derived from the flowers of the Snowbell and Chestnut Tree. These two trees blossom for only two months - during May and June. The Jirisan bees get busy and create a limited supply of delicious honey every year, which is then masterfully extracted by beehive master Kim Il Kwon.
So what do these honeys taste like? The honey from the Snowbell tree has a balanced sweetness - not overly sweet. It also has a slight floral note that pairs nicely with breakfast foods like cheese, greek yogurt and fruit. The chestnut honey is much darker in color - and the flavor is more robust. It isn’t as sweet as the Snowbell but has an aftertaste of chestnuts! A unique, local flavor that works beautifully with morning toast and baked goods.
Natural pure honey is filled with mineral and vitamins. But there are many large brands that “water-down” honey with artificial sweeteners like sugar to lower prices. In Korea, producers label their honey with a carbon isotope ratio score. This indicates the pureness of the honey. All-natural honey has a score that ranges low, from -23.5% ~ -33% (the lower the better). Sugar, for reference, has a score in the high -10% ~ -20%.
Both of the Jirisan honeys have a score of -23.5% - indicating a pure, all-natural honey.