Exclusively at Honey Connection – Pitcairn honey

The team here at Honey Connection are always fascinated by the diverse range of honey available around the world, and Pitcairn Honey does not disappoint. Pitcairn honey is quite possibly the rarest and purest honey in the world. This is due to the fact that the island is extremely remote and isolated as well as having no pollution on the island. Made on the island of Pitcairn, a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean with only 48 inhabitants, Pitcairn honey benefits from an ideal setting: perfect climate and total absence of pollution.

Where is Pitcairn Island?

The untouched subtropical island environments, pristine waters, endemic flora, bird and marine life, Pitcairn is an isolated volcanic island in the south-central Pacific Ocean, southeast of Tahiti, Pitcairn is the only inhabited island of the British overseas territory of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno Islands. The main island, with an area of about 2 square miles (5 square km), is a rugged half-crater rising to some 1,100 feet (340 metres) and surrounded by steep coastal cliffs. 

 Pitcairn Island

The British ship HMS Swallow found the island in 1767, and its captain, Philip Carteret, named it Pitcairn for the sailor who first sighted it. Its population is descended from the mutineers of the British ship HMS Bounty and their Tahitian Polynesian consorts. In 1789, on a voyage from Tahiti to the West Indies with a cargo of breadfruit saplings, the crew, led by the first mate, Fletcher Christian, mutinied and set their captain, William Bligh, and a number of loyal sailors adrift and set course for the Austral (now Tubuaï) Islands. The mutineers and their Tahitian companions eventually reached uninhabited Pitcairn (1790), went ashore, and then burned the ship. 

In addition to beekeeping, the islanders subsist on fish, garden produce, and crops, including sweet potatoes, sugarcane, taro, oranges, bananas, and coffee. 

Brilliantly rare – Nature at its finest

The island is located in the South Pacific Ocean, 3,500 km from the coast of New Zealand, the nearest land, the Gambier Islands, being 2,575 km away. And there is no need to fear that your honey has been diluted with other substances, the bees and plants on this island have never been exposed to chemicals or diseases that could harm their species, so the multi-floral honey produced is always of exceptional purity and quality. This island is definitely "GREEN": no cars, therefore no roads, no factories and no airport.

Pitcairn is blessed with rich, fertile soil, and tropical climate ideal for the growth of a unique variety of flowering plants, including guavas, papayas, passion flowers, mangoes, and roseapples, to name but a few.  This particular blend of flowers is found nowhere else in the world, making Pitcairn honey one of the world's rarer honeys. 

Explosive flavours

This light amber honey is very smooth with a persistent lightly sweet taste. It has a very fruity aroma and after taste. The island is almost completely free of chemicals and pesticides although organic farming is not regulated. Pitcairn’s bees are the Italian honey bees, Apis mellifera ligustica, a particularily gentle bee that has adapted to the continuous nectar flow and favorable summer weather.

Pitcairn honey also has a different and interesting texture – slightly thick and grainy due to the crystallisation – but the taste of it is just amazing. There’s a definite tang of tropical paradise in there – you can actually taste the blossom of the island’s mango, guava and passion-flower trees. And the interesting texture makes it perfect for spreading on your favourite foods – it’s especially great on hot toast! This honey truly has a distinctive taste and personality that all honey lovers should get the opportunity to savour!

Where can you get it?

The island of Pitcairn being quite small, this honey, in addition to being extremely pure, is very difficult to find. Demand is very high and the quantity diminished, so stocks run out very quickly after each harvest. The island is so remote that it takes 3 days to get there by boat. Only about 10 cruise ships visit per year. The purchase helps their economy and provides you with the best tasting honey.

Due to these issues, ordering your honey straight from Pitcairn can take several months. Lucky for you, Honey Connection has done the wait for you and we’ve managed to secure a small supply of Pitcairn honey which we can ship out to you immediately – grab yours before its gone!