Travel Photo of the Day: Beehives in Scotland

Honey is global, yet can reflect a distinctive taste of place
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Cooperative farms in northern Scotland keep bee hives to support healthy bee colonies.

Honey is produced and consumed on nearly all continents (unsurprisingly, Antarctica isn’t a very accommodating climate) and is one of humanity’s most ancient food sources. Although its production is not specific to any one region of the world, the final product itself is.

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Given that honey is the product of the nectar of flowers, crops, and tree blossoms in any given area, the characteristics of the delicacy are a reflection of the local flora and seasons.

In Scotland (pictured above), for example, honey is a seasonal product that changes depending on what’s in bloom during spring, summer, and fall. One of the country’s most iconic and popular varieties is heather honey: a summer honey that is known worldwide for its "smoky or tangy taste [as well as] its dark amber color."

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