Honey is the sweet substance made by bees using nectar from flowers. It varies in colour and flavour depending on the flowers the bees visit. In Alberta, clover is a prevalent nectar source, resulting in a light, mild honey that's highly sought after. However, Alberta's diverse flora allows for a range of honey varieties, including dandelion, alfalfa, and wildflower honey. Besides its culinary uses, honey has antimicrobial properties and has been used historically for wound healing and as a preservative.
Humans have been harvesting honey for over 8,000 years, as depicted in ancient cave paintings. In Alberta, Indigenous communities have historically valued wild honey and the bees that produce it. With European settlement, the practices of beekeeping and honey production became more widespread in the province. Over the years, Alberta has grown to be one of Canada's leading honey producers, with the industry playing a pivotal role in the province's agricultural community.
Alberta's honey is a versatile gem in the kitchen. It can be drizzled over yogurt, mixed into dressings, or used to sweeten teas and other beverages. Bakers cherish it for its ability to retain moisture in baked goods, making for soft, flavourful cakes and bread. Honey also plays a starring role in desserts like honeycomb candy or honey-infused ice cream. Beyond the sweet spectrum, it's used in glazes for meats, offering a caramelized, sweet layer to grilled or roasted dishes. Moreover, honey's unique flavour profiles make it a favourite for pairing with cheeses or incorporating into artisanal cocktails. For those wanting a simple treat, a slice of fresh bread with a generous spread of local honey is hard to beat.
Gull Lake Honey Company
Gull Lake Honey Company, Range Road 282, Lacombe, AB, Canada
Mountain View Honey
Mountainview Honey, 104 Street East, Cayley, AB, Canada
Poelman Apiaries Ltd., Range Road 254, Fort Macleod, AB, Canada
Wild Country Gardens
Wild Country Gardens, Wildwood, AB, Canada
Old Station Honey & Mead
Old Station Honey & Mead, Centre Street, New Sarepta, AB, Canada
Homesteader Farms, Yellowhead County, Township Road 563A, Yellowhead County, AB, Canada
Stonepost Farms, Range Road 105, Wildwood, AB, Canada