Honeycomb, cold-pressed organic honey? The everyday exception
Production of the honey by our local breed of black bees
What I offer !
A honeycomb that will fulfill all your expectations, those of a consumer looking for a noble, natural and ethical honey.
The alternative form of beekeeping I perform answers these requirements. The apiaries are built the closest possible to our bees' needs and the Jura mountains are an ideal playground.
The hedgehog river or the waterfalls of Lemme create an extra diversified flora. It is what gives the nectar a singular texture and it is why each comb of honey produced in a "haussette" is unique. You recover the spirit and specificity of the Jura mountains.
Buy honeycomb directly from our apiaries !
It is the confidence made by our bees to our lips by disclosing to our mouth the secrets of the aromas and tannins that only our bees know how to restore in this honeycomb. Before being labeled as organic, it is above all 100% natural. Buying from us also means choosing a small local producer who respects biodiversity and the endemic local black bee and its biological cycle.
From the hive to your lips, there is only one click: raw and authentic comb honey. Made in France and especially Made in Jura: It is a known and recognized honey.Shop
Biological comb honey; the best of the Jura honeys
This raw and organic honeycomb is the standard of our Jura region,
the harmony of an incredibly rich and unique terroir. A harsh climate in winter which dresses our meadows with its white coat and a changing climate in spring.
Dandelion flowers cover our mountain pastures before giving way to thousands of wild flowers that you will find in our comb honey. All this biodiversity offers abundant pollen and nectar to our bees.
They have the essential resource to secretly produce this raw but warm to the heart honeycomb. What I am restoring to you here in all humility is an original honey, the unadorned expression of nature which is revealed through this comb honey without alteration by men.
This spring of 2020, although early, allowed dandelions to be present quickly in our meadows, the sustained production of pollen and nectar is beneficial for the rise of the colonies. But the intense rain at the end of April and May put an end to the production of nectar.
Which makes dandelion comb honey even rarer than usual. This year 2020 as in 2019, I left the dandelion honey to the bees to get through this long period of intense rain with enough food and not create a famine in the colony. So my little black bees were in great shape to produce this delicious mountain comb and lime tree honey.
I do not know for the moment what my bees will have had time to harvest for them and for me. But what I do know is that no matter the quantity, it will be a subtle and delicate honey, because my black bees have created a magical blend of alpine flowers, groundsel and fir honeydew. Read more on pure honey
Comb honey inspired by mother nature and created by our black bee!
There can only be one!
The only one that deserves to be singled out as such is the comb honey from the Jura mountains scaffolded in a wooden frame with waxes shaped by bees.
It is a traditional comb honey with a refined taste. This artisanal and ancestral harvesting method requires a lot of time and patience. It makes it possible to obtain extra quality comb honey that is very rich in pollen, trace elements, vitamins and minerals.
There are no industrial waxes placed in the center of the frame. Honey sections do not come from hive bodies. There is no plastic frame and box, only noble material such as fir or chestnut wood is used. This honey is raised exclusively in the Jura massif, in the heart of the Highlands of Jura Natural Park, far from crops and pesticides. This is what gives it subtle and persistent aromas.
What are lovers of good honey looking for?
They are looking for noble and authentic products that have a history, a philosophy of producing better with quality rather than quantity production criteria (producing better without destroying what surrounds us) with respect for biodiversity and with respect for the animal world and in particular the local (endemic) black bee.
It is an invitation to an olfactory and gustatory journey. Learn more about comb honey
How to savor comb honey?
There are no rules for savoring this exceptional comb honey!
I like to taste it with tmy family around a gourmet coffee accompanied by red fruits, cherries, raspberry, wild blackberries and blueberries.
A real treat for the taste buds, an explosion of flavor between red fruits and this lightly full-bodied mountain honey in the mouth, letting various woody aromas escape.
The aromas and tannins restore a finesse of flavors, it is the whole of the Jura massif in the mouth that submits allegiance to you.
Savor comb honey just like an excellent wine!
Let me explain,
Split a small segment of your honeycomb and drop the nectar onto your tongue. Then let it slowly melt on your tongue. Feel its bouquet, its flowery aromas and its natural tannins.
Chew the remaining wax before swallowing it. As I say: "He who has not bitten into a honeycomb does not know the original taste of honey".
Only privileged experts and beekeepers know about this true treasure of nature.
It should be noted, however, that the choice of the beekeeper to sell his honey on the comb considerably limits his production, because to produce wax, the bees consume a lot of honey, which explains its rarity. More organic than organic, comb honey is above all natural and good.
It is a real pleasure to taste such honey directly from the hive. It only remains for me to encourage you to discover what nature can offer your palate…
From the hive to the consume-actors
An ancient method!
This organic comb honey is an exceptional method of restoring consumer confidence.
Since the bees build the waxes at the same time as the nectar arrives at the hive, when the honey is ripe, the bees close the wax cells with a thin layer called the lid wax, this is the guarantee of pure and noble honey.
Comb honey cannot be tampered.
It is not heated, because the lid wax and the cells would melt under the effect of the heat. For frames that are not 100% sealed, they will go directly into the press in order to preserve all the aromas, tannins, vitamins and minerals, as well as their taste and nutritional values.
Heating honey would degrade it because its HMF (hydroxymethylfurfural) level would increase significantly and its enzymatic content would also be degraded.
It is possible to know if a honey has undergone such transformations in the laboratory, by having its HMF level analyzed. This also makes it possible to know the age of a honey, since its HMF level increases as the honey ages.
For a reasoned beekeeping
All these alternative beekeeping methods combined with a sustainable beekeeping philosophy, reasonable and reasoned wouldn't be possible without you.
Dear friends and customers, whether it is tasting directly at the farm or by buying online, it is because of you that I can perform this fight of relocating our local black bee by a natural farm of black bees and having the privilege to restore this fabulous treasure than our bees to you.
Each order of comb honey, sliced comb honey or cold-pressed honey is reinvested in the hives to assure its sustainability.
Thank you, thanks for them, my local black bees.
Raw comb honey from the Jura; an exceptional honey
You are looking for an authentic noble honey? You are at the right place.
The Jura is an ancient territory, it is a heaven for those who want to unearth gastronomic treasures. Registered in the local heritage in the same way as the county or the yellow wine, it is quite naturally that my honey on the comb finds its place there.
Sliced comb honey, a honey concentrated in softness!
Sliced comb honey is the summum of raw honey
This sliced comb honey from the Jura comes from our honeycombs. The combs are sorted according to the quantities of honey harvested in the cells. For honeycombs sealed but not sufficiently filled, the empty wax cells will be cut out and removed.
Only the cells filled with honey will be kept and removed from the wooden frame, the honey remains cloistered in its wax cells. Only a few cavities release honey when the comb is cut. Sliced comb honey comes under several names depending on the region: honey with a knife, honey cakes, cut comb honey.
I give the same care and the same quality criteria to sliced comb honey as to original comb honey. It is clear that this honey has not undergone any transformation. It was not heated, because the wax would simply melt. It retains all of its flavors and tannins. Its virtues remain intact.
Because everyone does not have the same budget, I offer here, a jar of sliced comb honey of about 250 gr which is airtight in which the honey continues to be protected by the wax of operculum. With this process, you find the same quality as comb honey. That's to say
Imagine for a second,
You open the jar of honey, close your eyes and breathe in all the floral aromas that are coming in one second. You find yourself transported in the Jura massif the head just above the hive, real happiness, explosive scents and warm wax.
"Savor this sliced honey comb by combining the honey and its wax"
I like to taste it with a good country bread cooked over a wood fire (picture) with a fresh goat's cheese or an ash goat's cheese and I scrape the sliced comb honey with its wax that I place on the cheese . It's a gourmet sandwich as an aperitif with a glass of wine; savagnin and my happiness is total.
Whatever time flowers bloom in mountain areas, our sliced comb honey will guarantee you a trip to the heart of the biodiversity of the Jura and its gastronomy. Order here
This honey is collected using my small honey supers in natural waxes, when the water content is around 17% and the cells are finely capped, the honey is said to be ripe.
It's time to move on to harvesting and collect the honey supers. Once at the honey house, the honeycombs are sorted, the propolis is removed from the wood using the frame lifter by scraping.
The finest combs of pure honey are intended for sale in boxes. The others are detached from the wooden frames. They are placed in the press without being uncapped. By simple pressure, the cells release this raw honey which flows slowly to be collected delicately in an airtight bucket in order to preserve its pollens, its tannins, its amino acids and its nutritional qualities.
This mountain honey rests for several weeks so that the natural wax residues rise to the surface to be removed. This allows me to obtain a honey of masterful purity with a strong sweetening power. Direct sale from producer to consumer. It is all these precautions that I take throughout the harvest that make this nectar the ambassador of Jura honeys, a reflection of France and in particular of Franche-Comté.
All hive products such as beeswax and propolis are recovered and returned to the hive. For the wax, it's in the form of a leader strip for my jamb frames, for the propolis, it's in the form of a mother tincture mixed with syrup or protein candi to feed the young swarms of black bees that have no foragers to feed the swarm.
I don't harvest royal jelly for a simple reason, it's the queen's staple food in the same way that pollens are the colony's food. Through my beekeeping practices, I am respectful of my bees and as an eco-beekeeper, I practice sustainable beekeeping and a work of selection and breeding of swarms to safeguard the endemic black bee. Order here
Why our comb honey, cold-pressed honey or sliced organic comb honey is out of the ordinary?
Because no bee is lazy
The foragers will store the nectar and the pollens, the wax bees produce pure wax and scaffold the cells as the nectar comes in. They collaborate in the community effort. When you give embossed industrial pre-made waxes in the frames, the wax bees do nothing and go around in circles.
The jamb frame
By working with the jamb frame for the hive deep super and the combs to be built into the honey supers, you allow the colony to reveal itself in what it does best: deploying the colony by regularly laying eggs of the queen in fresh waxes (widened laying on all the brood frames) using all the deep super frames and they use the honey supers as a reserve surplus (honey left).
The consequence is a harmonious, populous colony where all the bees are busy with their tasks. For this, we must agree to produce less, but produce better. (forgetting the production quantity criteria and highlighting the quality criteria).
It's win-win, why, you'll say?
Because it is the assurance that you will taste, a comb honey raised in waxes of the year produced by our bees in the top swore away from pesticides and chemistry. (unlike embossed waxes in supers which are used for several years = accumulation of chemical residue in industrial waxes, propolis and aging of waxes).
As the honeycomb is made from fresh waxes of the year, it is the guarantee for the experts to taste a raw but generous honey at heart. Honeycombs that are not selected for sale in a box will be transformed into pressed honey.
With the help of the press, the honey does not undergo heating, so we can speak of cold-pressed honey. The honey is not filtered, it naturally contains pollen and wax residues which are excellent for health. In addition, the large number of pollens contained in the honey prove the origin of the honeys by having it analyzed in the laboratory (concerns of transparency towards consumers). Each year a production of ultra pure seal wax is harvested after each pressure, a popular wax for the manufacture of cosmetics. To obtain 100 grams of capping wax, approximately the equivalent of 10 kg of comb honey must be pressed. This tells you the rarity of this high quality wax.
You need to remember multiple things
Comb honey it is the guarantee of a raw honey raised in waxes of the year, It is the heart of the hive which is returned to you directly by my black bees.
Comb honey made in the wax of the year, produced by our black bees according to the inflow of nectar, it is a long-term job for our bees. They consume 6 to 10 kilos of nectar to produce 1 kilo of wax. Our workers are going to need to consume a lot of honey to produce the wax, although these numbers are debatable. Even if their need was 20 kg of honey, I would leave it to them without a second thought. It is therefore a much lower production than traditional beekeeping practiced by other beekeepers, around 3 to 4 times less. My beekeeping is a beekeeping that gives the bees time to work at their own pace, without pushing them to excessive productivity. The result is incomparable, they offer us organic comb honey of exceptional quality.
No use of industrial wax in the deep super and honey supers for the simple and good reason that this wax is not edible, it only allows the bees to go faster, because they just have to pull the wax cells to store the nectar inside. These waxes are reused over several years, which allows the beekeeper to increase honey production at the expense of quality.
As I explain on this website, I do not use plastic to produce honey rations (small plastic frames that fit inside the honey supers in which an embossed industrial pre-made wax is incorporated). The work of our bees deserves better, which is why I prefer to provide them with a beautiful chestnut wood frame to sublimate their manufacturing secret and return to you a honeycomb of incomparable quality.
All this work is performed in a deep respect of the well-being of the bees, especially the endemic black bee. It is to me essential to preserve it and reestablish it on our territory. This is why the honey that I offer you is not produced by bees from foreign countries or from hybridization. I dedicate my time and efforts to saving our black bees. It's David against Goliath facing modern beekeeping, hungry to produce more and more at minimum prices without worrying about the future of the endemic species.
- Buying comb honey is not insignificant, you buy an exceptional comb honey, but not only…. !
- By buying comb honey, you become a part of saving the local black bee by allowing me to exercise a work of natural selection and reimplantation of our endemic bee in the Jura. I thank you, because it is of capital importance.
Honeys grands crus
There are as many varieties of honey colors as there is floral diversity across our Jura region. My bees produce two types of honeycomb: grands crus and polyfloral.
The grands crus:
Fir, lime and dandelion honey, to name only those produced by my black bees. They are particularly appreciated for their atypical colors and textures. As the harvest requires the flowering of a single variety of plant (which blooms a few days a year), the harvests are limited in quantity, because I do not practice transhumance (=displacement of the hives across regions to follow the blooming o a specific plant, which causes an exhaustion of the colonies). It may happen that there is no harvest, as was the case in 2019 with the lime tree for climatic reasons.
Ployfloral spring comb honey and Jura summer honey are made from many varieties of flowers which give the honey different colors and aromas. Local honeys such as mountain honey or forest honey have more pronounced aromas and charm lovers of full-bodied honeys.
It adapts well to this type of honey, it allows to obtain a greater floral diversity for comb honey and a great diversity of pollens to feed the hives and allow a better health of the colonies.
The crystallization rate of honey is directly influenced by the sugar composition. It is composed of 20 to 80% glucose sugar, glucose and fructose. It is this sugar composition that causes some honeys to not crystallize (fir honey, acacia honey) and others to crystallize quickly (dandelions honey). Nectar contains other substances like vitamins, aromas and pigments are responsible for the hue of honey.
I take the time to assemble small wooden frames during the winter. So, when the season starts, I am ready to offer my bees the honey supers they will need to store excess nectar when the deep super is full in reserve for the following winter.
At the opposite of traditional beekeeping, which moves the hives according to the honey flow and which pushes the bees to produce more and more, my black bees come and go to the rhythm of the local honey flow. They control the surrounding biodiversity and they produce what they need, the honeycomb only recovers the excess honey from the hive. They build new waxes every year. This is the guarantee of exceptional comb honey. Our production is very limited because of this, but of high quality.
This method of preserving comb honey is natural and keeps all the nutrients of this nectar intact. This does not reduce their honey reserves, since this process only takes 10% of what the bees make. The most beautiful honeycombs are made on demand, in their Jura wood box (fir), the wooden boxes are made by a local craftsman. It is important for me to think about finding solutions in the current circuit. Whether it is for the packaging or the labeling of the honey jars in order to support the local economy.
The honey is 100% produced on site, it is raw honey. For potted honey, the same comb honey is used, the comb which has not been retained for the boxes and cold pressed to preserve its natural properties. My honeys, and in particular comb honey, have not undergone any transformation. Extracted from the harvest, they are neither heated nor cross-cut with other honeys.