I took up beekeeping in my London back garden as a hobby a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. It was through beekeeping that I discovered how different the honey from my hives was compared to anything I’d had before. The variety and complexity of flavours, colours and textures was a huge revelation and the spark that ultimately led to Hive & Keeper,
Several years on from that first eureka moment I’m now focused on bringing you the same sense of discovery as I had when I tried my bees’ honeys for the first time! Plus of course supporting our small scale British beekeepers to survive and thrive.
My proudest moments
Definitely making the BBC Food & Farming Awards Producer of the Year 2019 top 30 shortlist, from a field of over 600, Next year a finalist I hope!
All four of the honeys I entered for Great Taste Awards 2018 won and only a third of entries do; it just goes to show that nature needs no help from me to blow the judges socks' off!
My favourite bits
I absolutely love my road trips, taking me to places I’ve never visited and roads not often travelled to meet beekeepers and their bees. I’ve been welcomed into so many homes. All of my beekeepers have been generous with their time telling me their beekeeping stories and taking me out to see their bees and the areas they’ll be collecting the pollen and nectar from.
Watching people’s faces as they try honeys from different beekeepers and bees side by side is tremendous fun and gives me a real kick. No one can quite believe how different they can be, and how much better they taste than the usual honey you can buy that always tastes the same. I love seeing people have the same sense of amazement and discovery I did all those years ago when the inspiration for Hive & Keeper first came to me - it makes it all worthwhile.
Emily Abbott, Founder