Meadowfoam is a plant native to the Pacific Northwest. It received its name because of its resemblance while in bloom to the white foam blowing on the ocean. The oil, pressed from the seeds, is very stable, and has the ability to extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. The seeds are a source of nutrients for cattle and other livestock. It is typically sown as a rotation crop for grass seed farmers and requires less pesticides and fertilizer than other crops. Most importantly, it was developed as a replacement for sperm whale oil.
Sperm whale oil was once considered one of the best oils available. It was used for everything from lubricating fine machinery, to smokeless candles, to high-end cosmetic creams and soaps, to medical ointments. In the early 1970’s, the Sperm Whale became an endangered animal under the Endangered Species Act, and it became illegal to import sperm whale oil into the US. Synthetic substitutes were difficult and costly to produce, so a natural replacement was sought.
Once sperm whales became protected by international law, production of Meadowfoam Oil was accelerated. The meadowfoam plants themselves are a renewable crop, and are usually grown as a rotation crop for grass seed farmers. This eliminates the need to burn the fields in between grass seed plantings, and also provides farmers with additional income. Meadowfoam also requires less fertilizer and pesticides than most crops, assisting farmers and the environment.
Meadowfoam flowers require insects for pollination to set the seed. Bees are an excellent pollinator for meadowfoam and in return, nectar from the meadowfoam blossoms make a delicious honey.
Raw Meadowfoam honey is created by the bees from the meadowfoam which blooms in the valleys of Oregon State. The weather conditions must be perfect for the bees to create this delicate honey. Hence, many years have passed since they’ve been able to create this wonderful honey. Meadowfoam Honey has a unique taste, similar to marshmallows, yet is natural, healthy and environmentally friendly!
Winter Park Honey has Meadowfoam Honey available now in 2 oz and 16 oz bottles. Try some while supplies last!