The state of the honeybee is a sticky situation; their population has waned since the 1990s, and a number of environmental factors, such as widespread herbicide and pesticide usage, have furthered their decline. It’s a phenomenon resulting in impacts well beyond its population. A rough third of edible crops rely on pollination, and thus, the humble honeybee.

And then of course, there’s honey. We could live without it, but why would we? It’s why folks like Big Island Bees, cultivators of raw, organic honeys, are vital caretakers to the cause. A family-run, fourth generation operation, Big Island Bees has cared for their Hawaiian honeybee population since 1971. Their line of honeys are raw, unfiltered, and unblended in order to ensure purity. But it’s the care for their population that’s most revealing- only organic compounds are used in their apiaries, a special treatment that shows in both flavor and the level of care.

So what makes it Best?

In its sourcing, Big Island Bees ensures their honeybees are never compromised with non-organic compounds; herbicides and pesticides never touch their apiaries. In their production stage, the extracted honey is kept raw, unfiltered and never blended. The honey stays whole—as it’s found in nature.