Humans crave sweets, and honey not only satisfies that sweet tooth, but it’s known to have medicinal and therapeutic uses. Besides containing natural sugars, minerals and vitamins, it has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Luckily, honey is available in many flavors and varieties, and both gourmets and gourmet-wannabes crave the subtle nuances among the different types.
At GHS, we feature Dutch Gold Honeys. If you’re a tea drinker, you will really appreciate the benefits of using a pure, high quality honey as a sweetener. For variety, sample orange blossom honey one day and buckwheat flower the next when you’re sweetening your oatmeal. The honey’s origin determines the flavor on your palate the same way the grapevine’s locale can determine whether a Cabernet is earthy or full-bodied or floral. Once you’ve sampled the different varieties, you’ll soon understand why honey is so legendary. Tupelo Honey is named in more than one song. Orange blossom honey has a faint scent of orange groves in springtime. Alfalfa blossom honey will transport your senses right to a freshly mown field.
No honey cake tastes authentic without the distinct dark and rich flavor of buckwheat flower honey. And does anything sound better than a muffin fresh out of the oven, topped with blueberry blossom honey? Try substituting clover honey in recipes calling for cane sugar or corn sweetener. Honey is great for soothing a sore throat. Honey is also noted for reducing allergy symptoms, especially if you consume varieties native to your area. But why limit yourself to consuming boring mass-produced, grocery-store honey?
Since honey has an indefinite shelf life, most aficionados keep several types on hand. While pure clover honey is a general all-purpose table and cooking sweetener, the scent and flavor of wildflower honey on warm toast or in hot tea are unique and addictive. Orange blossom honey can’t be beat as a spread over corn bread or chocolate-based baked goods. The best part is that honey is an inexpensive way to add a gourmet flare to the most basic foods. Keep some on the table instead of cane sugar for a more wholesome sweetener. Try a teaspoon of Tupelo honey in a cup of plain yogurt for a great healthy pick-me-up. Added to sauces and marinades, honey will create a beautiful caramelized glaze on your fish and chicken.
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