Iman Tabari is flying high on a bucket of a buzz after picking up a couple of sweet awards for his present produced honey. BCB Honey Farm, South Surrey, says the owner of BCB Honey Farm in South Surrey.
Iman Tabari is flying high on a bucket of a buzz after picking up a couple of sweet awards for his present produced honey.
BCB Honey Farm, South Surrey, says the owner of BCB Honey Farm in South Surrey.
"It's the nature of B.C.," he said. "I'm producing in northern B.C. (near Peace River) and I can see a grasshopper, a butterfly, a moose. It's nature the way it's meant to be. "
Tabari was awarded a "quality gold award" for his Honey at the London International Honey Competitions, known as the London honey awards. It's the competition's second-highest award, next to the platinum award.
This is the second year of the International Honey Commission competition, one in the multi-floral category and the other in the uni-floral category.
In London, judges evaluated the honey based on a "general sense of enjoyment, which as the other criteria, such as appearance, odor, texture, flavor and mouth-feel," according to the London awards website.
Tabari's Oh Honey, which itself, calls itself "100-per-cent raw, cold-drawn honey from fireweed, alfalfa and clover blossoms" and says it contains "pure, natural unpasteurized honey … harvested from ethically managed hives in organic pastures. "
"As soon as we won, all the beekeepers said they were looking for a supply of our honey," he said. One judge said he was impressed by the paint of a bitter aftertaste to his honey.
Tabari also said he's been approached by high-end retail outlets (which he said did not want to be published because he did not sign any deals yet) to carry his premium honey.
"That is a significant award," said Rod Scarlett, Executive Director of the Canadian Honey Council. "He should be proud of winning an international award."
Scarlett said he had heard of the prestigious London Honey Award but was not aware of the International Honey Commission. But these are the awards that are good for individual producers and for the honey-making area.
As a producer who's won an award, "you'll be able to win an award-winning honey," he said.
Canadians are not used to pay a premium price for superior honey, said Scarlett.
Tabari opened his beekeeping operation in 2003 with 50 hives and expanded to provide pollinating bees for B.C. fruit growers to his current 1,000 hives. His bees pollinate blueberry, raspberry, cranberry and blackberry crops in B.C. before Tabari takes them up north to produce the premium honey.
He produced 270 barrels, each with about 600 pounds of honey, last year.
Tabari had been exporting to his honey wholesale, but now he sells to his farm and through his stores, and has plans to expand his retail operation.
Hey said a 500-gram jar of Oh Honey goes for $ 20, while most honey retails for between $ 7 and $ 12 for a similar size.