Honey is not all the same. Honey’s flavor and consistency is directly related to what type of flowers the bees have been feeding on.
–Acacia: From the yellow clusters of flowers of acacia trees, this is the sweetest, most delicate honey available. It’s clear and almost agave like.
–Alfalfa: White or extra light amber in color with a fine flavor. The honey makes a perfect table honey for everyday use.
–Avocado: Dark in color, with a rich, buttery taste. It is wonderful in dressings and sauces.
–Basswood: Often characterized by its distinctive biting flavor. The honey is water white with a strong flavor that works well in many recipes.
–Blueberry: Makes a honey which is typically light amber or amber in color and with a full, well rounded flavor. Blueberry honey is produced in New England and in Michigan.
–Buckwheat: One of the most robust varieties, from the flowers of the buckwheat plant. It’s color is deep, dark brown and its flavor is reminiscent of molasses.
–Chestnut: Another honey that isn’t messing around. Strong and slightly bitter.
–Clover: Floral and mild. The most readily available variety and good for all purpose use.
–Cotton: Buttery with a definite tang, the flavor makes you think of lemonade.
–Orange Blossom: Another great all purpose honey, made from the white flowers of orange trees. Perfectly sweet, with fresh citrus undertones.
–Sage: Has a mild, delicate flavor. It is generally white or water white in color. It is extra sweet in flavor, and pairs extremely well with strong cheeses.
–Tupelo: From the flowers of Tupelo trees that grow in the swamps of north Florida, this is an extremely rare honey that has a clear, gold toned color and a rich, buttery flavor.
Cute honey bears jars(containers) are not bad in and of themselves, however historically they have been used by large importers of honey from China and other countries. It’s hard to track the origin or actual flower source of these honeys, and if you don’t know where it comes from, don’t trust it.
Cheap honey has likely been diluted with less expensive sugars to make it cheaper. After high filtering not having any pollen hides the original source of honey and makes it very difficult to tell if other less expensive sugars have been used to dilute the honey.
Hint: Seek out ‘raw’ honey. Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been heat pasteurized. Because of this it most likely has all of its beneficial pollen, amino acids and enzymes intact.
Start your day with Honey spread thick on toast or drizzled onto Greek yogurt or oatmeal.
Roast meat and vegetables take well to honey, caramelizing them and bringing out their rich flavors. Orange Blossom honey has all these gorgeous citrus flavors, so combine it with lemon and brush it over roast chicken. Just note that honey can burn, so brush it on your roast during the last 10 to 15 minutes of cook time.
Honey for adults. Clover honey is a great match with gin. Spicy, molasses like Buckwheat honey goes well and can stand up to darker drinks like rum and whiskey.
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