In the lush, tropical landscape of Jamaica, a sweet and distinctive honey is harvested from the nectar of logwood blossoms. Lignum Honey is proud to offer this rare and exquisite honey to our customers, but the story of logwood blossom honey goes beyond just its unique flavour.
The history of logwood blossom honey is rooted in the cultural and economic history of Jamaica. Logwood was first introduced to the island in the 17th century by the Spanish, who used it for dyeing textiles. However, it was the British who eventually established logwood as a major export crop, using the wood to create a vibrant red dye for clothing and textiles.
As the demand for logwood increased, the industry brought with it a large influx of slaves to Jamaica, many of whom were brought specifically to work in the logwood forests. These workers were responsible for cutting down the trees, transporting the wood, and processing the dye.
Amidst the difficult and often brutal conditions of the logwood industry, honeybees found a haven in the blossoming logwood trees. The bees would collect the nectar from the flowers to make their honey, creating a unique and flavourful product that was valued by locals and visitors alike.
Today, logwood blossom honey is a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of the Jamaican people, as well as the beauty and diversity of the island's natural resources. At Lignum Honey, we are proud to share this rich cultural history with our customers, offering a taste of Jamaica's past and present in every jar of logwood blossom honey.