Snyders Honey, La Honda, California

Types of Honey

Yellow Star Thistle - Centaurea solstitialis
tall, grayish-hariy plant, grass like tall weed, bright yellow flower heads with lustrous, sharp, golden spines. Blooms July - September. Native to Europe, this invasive plant is spreading across the Western United States. One benefit, it produces a light, fruity honey. Grows wild on the Peninsula
Toyon Berry, California Christmas Berry - Heteromeles arbutifolia
Evergreen shrub to 10 m. Flowers in June - July on San Francisco Peninsula in chaparral, woodland. Produces a round, berry-like pome to 10 mm orange-red when mature between November - February. Honey produced is tangy and distinct, not as sweet as orange blossom.
Blue Curls, Vinegar Weed - Trichostema lanceolatum
Tall, leafy with pale blue to purple bilaterally symmetrical flowers in long clusters. Blooms August - October. Grows from Northwestern Oregon south to Baja California. Produces a rich, distinguished darker honey in September when sufficient rains.
Eucalyptus
A few different varieties in the San Francisco Peninsula - not native to California- originally from Australia.
(1) Blue Gum - Eucalyptus Globules
Blooms April - July. Evergreen tree to 45m, bark gray-white, aromatic, bluish-white, waxy. Young leaves used for respiratory problems.
(2) Silver-Leaved Gum/Money Tree - Eucalyptus Pulverulenta
Blooms January - March. Evergreen tree, older bark gray white, flowers white- pale yellow. Both produce a minty, butterscotch light to medium honey. This is one of our least filtered.
Local Cappings Wildflower
A blend of the San Francisco Peninsula near the Crystal Springs Reservior. Many native flowers from Toyon Berry, Eucalyptus, Vetch, Star Thistle, Manzanita, Poison Oak, light and dark wildflowers depending on the time of the season. This honey is never heated and eventually crystallizes into a creamy, dense texture. This is one of our least filtered and most popular honies.
Tan Bark Oak - Litocarpus Densiflourus
Blooms May- July. This tree likes to grow near the edges of coniferous forests, especially the California Coastal Redwoods. Evergreen tree to 45 m. A tassle blooms in the summer which is hairy, white -to yellow in color. This tassel produces a dark, rich, earthy nectar the bees can make honey from. The flower then becomes a acorn in the summer. This tree grows abundant in the Santa Cruz Mountains and La Honda/Woodside in San Mateo County.
Buckwheat - Caifornia - Eriogonum Fasciculate
Blooms July - September. Evergreen shrub, flowers in clusters, whitish- pink with darker pink stripe on back. This is a honey plant and has been used by natives to soothe and shrink swollen membranes. Honey produced is amber to dark in color with smooth, mild flavor.
Sage - Black - Salvia Mellifera
Blooms March - August. Evergreen shrub to 2 m. Lower surface hairy, leaf puckered with a strong odor. Flowers corolla white to pale lavender. This plant is highly attractive to bees and one of the early plants nectars they can make honey from. Honey is one of our lightest in color, at times, simply opaque. Taste is very light and mild with a nice sweetness.
Oak Wildflower - Scrub Oak - Quercus Berberidifolia
Blooms March - May. Evergreen large shrub to small tree to 3 m. Flowers unisexual, male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers are yellow from the anters and pollen. Female flowers minute and will become acorns. The honey is a mix of local wildflowers and oak which gives the honey rich, deep floral flavor with a hint of oak. Honey is dark in color.
Sage Brush
Yellow flower that blooms in April

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