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We love artisans and their products, especially when they are in our area. Our local honey master Eric could not be more local. He has been keeping and tending bees in and around Ipswich right down the street from us since 1997, blending honey from three local spots. Most honey from the Northeast is considered wildflower honey, a blend of spring and mid-season nectars that the bees have collected and combined naturally. Eric's wildflower honey is a deep, rich color, like a fine caramel.
Its flavor is not bland or light, but rich and warm with broad floral hints; a bit of orange, a wisp of vanilla, and a touch of caramel, too. Neither too sweet nor too cloying, it is a beautiful, natural honey.
Eric's Honey makes a perfect garnish for cheeses of all types, drizzled on fish, or used as a sweetener for fruit sauces. Of course, there is always the traditional uses; hot tea or, our choice favorite - toast. And since we are also smitten with salt, we love toast with butter, honey and just a few sprinkles of a crisp flake salt, and a twist of pepper, if you like.