Chamisa Raw Honey – Southern Washington

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K Brothers Pollination And Honey : West Richland

Chamisa is a robust, flavorful, black honey that turns light brown as it crystallizes to a smooth, creamy texture.  To many people, this dark honey carries with it flavors reinvent of chocolate, cinnamon, and clove.

This native flower, also known as rabbit brush, can be found in arid areas from British Columbia to northern Mexico.

Rabbit Brush

Chamisa by Stephen Baker, BLM via wikimedia commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native Americans have used the plant for centuries to improve concentration.  Some people believe that chamisa honey also holds the same properties.  Regardless of its healing powers, Chamisa raw honey is a delightfully unique taste treat.

K Brothers Pollination and Honey is truly a family company, lead by Stan Kolesnikov (thus K Brothers).

Beekeeper Stan Kolesnikov stands before a few of his honey supers

Beekeeper Stan Kolesnikov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stan, his brother, father-in-law work with the bees.  In 2013 Stan added his first non-family employee.  His sister oversees the accounting.

Stan and his siblings are second-generation beekeepers: their father and uncle both kept honeybees in Uzbekistan. When Stan was in his 20’s he started keeping bees here in the U.S. while working with Lynn Haitt, of Haitt and Son’s Honey Company.  When Lynn retired, Stan purchased Lynn’s operation and created K Brothers Pollination and Honey.

No pesticides and no antibiotics are used K Brother’s hives. Stan uses essential oils, including spearmint and lemongrass, in a food-grade-oil patty to help the bees keep their immune systems up to speed and battle varroa mites.

Stan’s use of essential oils has given his bees a great survival rate, but nothing in nature is static and new issues arise. His bees are lucky, because Stan says he really enjoys the challenges of keeping the bees healthy and alive.

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