Beautiful 1 lb jar of Fireweed Honey from bees harvesting the nectar from the beautiful flowers of fireweed plants that grow across the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Canada. The plant’s name comes instead from the fact that its seeds often lay dormant in the ground, and are the first sprout after a major environmental disturbance – like a forest fire. Fireweed was the first plant to be seen after the devastating 1980 Mount Saint Helens volcanic eruption in Washington State, and it grew quickly in British bomb craters during World War II (earning it the nickname “bombweed”).
One might think that such a hearty plant would produce a hearty, full-bodied honey. However, fireweed honey is actually quite mild and delicate.
It’s also extremely difficult – but extremely rewarding – to find, because this rare and delicious honey is widely known among connoisseurs as the “champagne of honeys.” Sadly, its price often reflects that reality.