As part of its ongoing partnership with Plan Bee to help boost local bee populations and support greater biodiversity, Low Carbon has developed the Honey Sommelier Quiz, which will help both producers and consumers pinpoint their perfect honey.
There are more than 300 different types of honey, each with a unique flavour profile depending on the blossoms visited by the honey bee, ranging from acacia (sweet, classic honey flavour) to orange blossom (floral, citrus-scented) and buckwheat (strong and spicy).
Plan Bee was founded in 2011 to tackle the catastrophic decline of bee populations. According to the UK Beehive Management Service company, bees are fundamentally important to all living things, ‘from the air we breathe, to the food need to survive’. Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops – one in every three mouthful of food – depend on these little pollinators.
Low Carbon’s partnership with Plan Bee has seen 25 beehives housing around 2 million bees thriving for more than five years on Low Carbon’s solar parks across Suffolk, Dorset and Cornwall.
The privately-owned UK investment and asset management company focuses on investing in renewable energy, specifically proven technologies such as solar, onshore wind, offshore wind and waste-to-energy.
Let’s bee mindful
With spring on the doorstep for those in the northern hemisphere, Low Carbon is ramping up the conversation around the importance of bee, while having some fun.
Whether you like your honey sweet, or spicy to tickle your taste buds, the Honey Sommelier will pinpoint the perfect pairing for your palette – compiled from research conducted in December 2021, using data from Low Carbon, American Honey Tasting Society and Local Honey Finder.
Beyond its sweet taste, honey is also proven to have many medicinal benefits as an antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial. Manuka is best known for ulcers, sore throats and colds, while Basswood boosts the immune system. It’s a win:win for all.