The bees spend the long Alaska summers feeding in fields of fireweed flowers. Fireweed is a tall perennial herb with large clusters of magenta flowers. It grows in cut or burnt-over timberlands for 12 to 15 years after tree removal or burn, and is one of the first plants to colonize the barren land revealed after glacial retreat. Fireweed is a calendar plant in Alaska; it usually blooms around the summer solstice, and when you see the cottony seeds blowing in the breeze, you know that winter is just around the corner. A common saying up here is, "When the fireweed turns to cotton, summer is soon forgotten."
Fireweed honey is one of the lightest and sweetest honeys, prized for its amber color. Its taste is delicate and very sweet with subtle tea-like notes. Made by Simple Pleasures of Alaska. Ingredients: Fireweed blossoms, honey. 4oz