Central Texas Wildflower
The Honey: Walker’s Central Texas Wildflower Honey is a medium bodied honey that varies slightly in flavor from season to season. Take some every day for good health. Some research suggests that regular consumption of honey produced in your locale may help alleviate allergy symptoms. For a classic every-day digestion and general well-being tonic mix equal parts Walker’s Local Honey, apple cider vinegar, and water. To this tonic, add your favorite fruit juice and water for a refreshing any-time beverage.
The Plants: Walker’s Central Texas Wildflower Honey is our only bee-mixed multi-floral honey. As such, it contains honey that our bees have made locally from several different plants. Indian Blanket (Gaillardia Pulchella)—a striking Texas wildflower—makes a golden light amber honey with a buttery taste. As the Gaillardia is in mid-bloom in early June, another native wildflower, Horsemint or Bee Balm (Monarda sps.) reaches full flower. Horsemint honey is very clear and provides an acidic tinge to the natural blend.
The Provenance (place): Walker’s Central Texas Wildflower Honey is produced in our own back yard. Our bees are dispersed from Austin to Waco along the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country and throughout the Blacklands to the east of Interstate 35. So if you live in Bell, Falls, McClennan, Milam (West of the Little River), Williamson, or Travis Counties, this is your local honey. Enjoy!
Central Texas Clover
The Honey: Clover Honey is the most widely produced honey in the United States. This popularity is due to its abundance and overall appealing flavor. Unlike most honey that is labeled “Clover”, Walker’s Clover Honey is not a blend of clover and other honeys. If you have never experienced pure Clover Honey, we invite you to try a sample or a jar. Some people describe pure, unblended Clover Honey as “smooth” or even “buttery”. However it happens to strike your palate, we think you will see why our local Clover Honey is one of our most popular varieties. Use Clover Honey anytime, anywhere for a silky-smooth and sweet addition to foods and drinks.
The Plant: Clover Honey is primarily produced from what is commonly called “yellow sweet clover.” An exotic plant—native to Russia—clover has become an important forage plant for cattle as well as an excellent honey plant.
The Provenance (place): We are fortunate to be able to produce Clover Honey in several places in Central Texas. Many farmers and ranchers use clover to rebuild poor soil. As a nitrogen-fixing legume (pea family), clover is a natural soil builder and an excellent forage and hay plant as well. Keep your windows down on those balmy spring days and you just might smell one of those clover fields that our bees are feasting upon.
Central Texas Yaupon Holly
The Honey: Yaupon Holly Honey is less sweet than most honeys. It has a slight bitterness which balances the natural sweetness of honey. A medium to full-bodied honey, Walker’s Yaupon Honey is a great complement to Pancakes, Waffles, or Toast; or stir it into Oatmeal with Oliver Pecan Co. pecan halves and apples or raisins.
The Plant: Our bees gather nectar from the Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) that grows in the understory of the Post Oak Savannah region of Central and East Texas. Yaupon trees bloom from late March to mid April. For many centuries, native Texans have made a dark, caffeine-rich drink from the dried leaves of Yaupon Holly, prompting the exploring Spanish to name the tree chocolate del Indio.
The Provenance: We locate our beehives on farms and ranches in Burleson, Lee and Milam Counties to produce this specialty honey. Our Yaupon Holly Honey is harvested immediately after the bloom period so that we can offer the purest Yaupon Honey. Because our bees will soon be gathering nectar from later-blooming plants in the same area, delaying the harvest even a few days would compromise the uniqueness of this honey. Our small batch, artisanal treatment of this unique honey gives us confidence that you will not find a better, more pure, presentation of Yaupon Holly Honey anywhere in Texas. Grandpa “Clint” Walker started our family business producing Yaupon Holly Honey. Please allow our Walker Family’s three generations and seventy-five plus years of Yaupon Holly Honey experience to be your warranty of quality. Enjoy!
From Our Beekeeper Friends
The Honey: Buckwheat Honey has a robust, full-bodied flavor and is dark amber in color. This honey is made by the gathered nectar from the small white flowers on the Buckwheat grain. Buckwheat Honey is higher in anti-oxidants than some other honeys and has been used for centuries to help soothe a sore throat or a cough. Buckwheat Honey is a great choice for baking bread and provides a wonderful contrast for your taste buds when drizzled on fresh fruit.
The Plants: Buckwheat Honey comes from the Buckwheat plant, which despite its name, is not actually related to wheat. When in bloom it appears as a small shrub with a white flower.
The Provenance (place): Pennsylvania
The Honey: Tallow Tree Honey has a slight bitterness which balances the natural sweetness of honey, Tallow Honey is a medium to full-bodied honey.
The Plant: On the coastal prairie along the Texas Gulf Coast grows a tree that was introduced into the Houston area in the 1950s as an ornamental landscaping tree. The Chinese Tallow Tree (Triadica sebifera) has a beautiful red heart shaped leaves in the fall along the coast making it one of the few trees to "true colors" in that area. Surely this was why it was imported...for it is fall showiness.
Now, it has become an invasive weed along the coast from the Louisiana border down past Lake Jackson and inland for a hundred miles or so in places. Cattle ranches fight it. Municipalities spend tax dollars trying to eradicate it. But honey bees and beekeepers love it. The golden tags literally drip nectar from them mid-May to mid-June every year
The Provenance: Texas Gulf Coast
The Honey: Mesquite Honey is slightly floral and pleasantly mild, and is very light in color as it actually happens to be our lightest honey in both flavor and color out of our varietals.
The Plants: Mesquite Honey comes from the Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) and the Screwbean Mesquite (Prosopis pubescens).
The Provenance (place): Our Mesquite Honey comes from the Deserts Southwest of the US and Northern Mexico. It needs specific drought conditions in order to produce the nectar for the bees to harvest, so while there are plenty of Mesquite trees around Texas, the weather conditions won't benefit the harvest unless in the most southern regions.
The Honey: Orange Honey is packed with flavanols (the stuff that you taste and smell) that explode on your taste buds. This varietal tastes and smells like an orange grove in full bloom. Orange Honey is good straight from the spoon and is the perfect complement to hot tea. It is an excellent topping for fresh fruit salad—just slice your favorite seasonal fruit, drizzle on Walker’s Orange Blossom Honey and enjoy!
The Plant: Our Orange Blossom Honey is produced from the nectar of the same blooms that yield the succulent oranges that you enjoy throughout the year. Wherever oranges are grown and produced, there are beekeepers taking advantage of this March blooming cultivated citrus plant. Orange Blossom Honey is produced across the Southern U.S. in the citrus groves of California, Texas, Mexico and Florida.
The Provenance (place): From 1942 to 1992 Walker Honey Farm produced Orange Honey in the Citrus Groves of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Since then we have shopped for the best Orange Honey to deliver to our customers. Utilizing beekeepers we know in California, Florida, Texas and Mexico we are committed to using our 50 years of Walker family experience producing Orange Honey to bring you the best of this sub-tropical specialty honey. Inquire about our current supply as this varies year-to-year as we buy only the best offerings each season.
Huajillo (Pronounced “wah-hee-yo”)
The Honey: Huajillo Honey is a very light and mild honey with a hint of pit grilled smokiness. For the best all around table honey it would be difficult to surpass the pleasing taste notes of Huajillo. Huajillo is also the best honey for bread baking and light pastries. For another tasty treat, pour Walker’s Huajillo Honey over cut strawberries and let stand for a few hours—stirring a few times—and then ladle over pound cake.
The Plant: Huajillo (Acacia berlandieri) is a smaller and more bush-like cousin to the Mesquite tree. It grows only in Northern Mexico and Southwest Texas. The Huajillo plant blooms in early April before most other South Texas honey plants. Huajillo—variously spelled “guajillo” or “guajilla”—is an important plant in the South Texas mattoral. Not only is it an excellent honey plant but it provides important browse for deer. The pea-like seed pods also provide important winter food for some animals.
The Provenance (place): Walker Honey Huajillo is produced in the “brush country” of South Texas. Since we are not able to produce enough of this most premium of Texas honeys to supply the demand we annually buy a portion of our Huajillo Honey from our beekeeping friends to the south. Whether we make it or buy it we make every effort to provide our customers with the highest quality Huajillo Honey.
The Honey: Much like other high end honeys like Sourwood and Tupelo, Sage is extremely slow to crystallize due to the low percentage of glucose in the honey's makeup. Purple Sage honey is extremely balanced and aromatic without overwhelming sweetness. This delicate honey is often used as a natural sweetener in instances where you want to taste great honey without overpowering the taste of whichever food or drink you are showcasing. Sage is a great way to boost other flavors and great all by itself!
The Plants: Purple Sage (Salvia dorrii) is found throughout the western United States in sandy, rocky or limestone soil on dry open slopes, on flats or foothills. For centuries this plant was used for multiple medicinal and cultural purposes by the Native American peoples of the West, from cold remedies to smoking the leaves for epilepsy. Read more about the recorded uses at the USDA Plant Profile Page.
The Provenance: California
The Honey: Sorghum Honeydew is a rich brown and very heavy bodied honey. The flavor evokes the notes in sorghum syrup--a product made from boiling down the sap of another member of the sorghum grasses family, a close cousin of the maize plant. Use this rich and flavorful honey anywhere you would use a molasses and enjoy the added health benefits of the bees reducing all the complex sugars in the honeydew to simple sugars in the final honey product.
The Plants: All "honeydew honey”is produced by bees when they forage upon the sap of a plant that has been extracted by aphids. Sorghum Honeydew Honey is made by bees by collecting the extra sap of the sorghum or maize plant that is extracted but not totally consumed by the sugar cane aphid.
The Provenance (place): Central Texas
The Honey: Tupelo Honey has a bright and unique floral burst with a distinctive anise flavor that dissolves easily on the tongue, and has a very pleasing finish.
The Plants: Tupelo Honey comes from the green-white blossom of the white or Ogeechee Tupelo tree (Nyssa Ogeche). These blossoms are notoriously fragile, and the weather must be just right to produce an abundant honey crop. In good years, Tupelo trees will bloom for only a few weeks in late April and early May. In bad years, the nectar flow is over in a few days
The Provenance (place): Years of experience and good beekeeping skills are required to produce great Tupelo Honey. This raw unfiltered honey originates in the many rivers, lakes and wetlands in the middle section of the Florida panhandle. The Apalachicola, Ochlocknee, Choctahatchee, and Chipola river basins, which run from North to South in Gulf County, contain some of the highest concentrations of tupelo trees in the world.
The Honey: Sourwood Honey has a floral and light taste with hints of baking spices and anise. The honey’s color is typically light amber with a slightly gray or brown tint and its texture is defined by a smooth, caramel buttery quality.
The Plants: The Sourwood tree (Oxydendrum Arboreum) is also called the Lily of the Valley tree or the Appalachian Lily tree, growing 40 to 60 feet tall with a diameter of up to one foot. The leaves are oblong, pointed at the apex and have a sour taste. Flowers are white, bell-shaped, and hang in clusters 5-6 inches long at the end of the branches.
The Provenance (place): Sourwood Honey is most abundant in the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina. The Sourwood tree blooms in late June through the month of July,beginning at lower elevations and moving up the mountain where the last blooms may not finish until early August. The Sourwood tree blooms during a period when few other nectar-available flowers are blooming, creating the opportunity for harvesting nearly pure Sourwood Honey during favorable years.
The Honey: Basswood Honey has a distinctive taste with a mildly spicy and woody bite; its lingering flavor is almost minty. Very light in color.
The Plants: The Basswood tree is a close relative to about thirty species of trees native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. In Europe it is more commonly called a Linden tree. In North America it is more commonly called Basswood. This deciduous tree can reach 130 feet tall with large heart-shaped leaves 2-8 inches across creating dense foliage and a large shade canopy.
Clover Honey Cut Comb Rounds
The Honey: This honey is a delicious Clover, produced in the hive and never cut or handled by humans!
The Plants: Clover Honey is primarily produced from what is commonly called “yellow sweet clover.”
The Provenance (place): Our Premium Comb Honey Rounds (7oz) is produced in honey bee apiaries in Alberta, Canada by our beekeeper cooperators in the Peace River Valley.