The Many Flavors of Honey
I have long been aware that the taste of Honey varies according to the types of flowers that the bees forage. However, due to our honey primarily coming from the Alpine area the differences from one extraction to the next have often been subtle.
As our operation has grown, I have been sampling honey that has come from our apiaries as far north as Ogden to as far south as Hurricane. It has been exciting to try some varieties that were new. For example, we recently extracted a small amount of honey that had a very high concentration of Dandelion bloom. While Dandelion bloom in our honey is nothing new, the very high concentration of this particular batch made for a wonderful and unique honey.
Also new for us, has been transporting our bees to California to pollinate the Almond orchards. 2 very new and distinct honey flavors came back with our hives from CA. The first was Almond honey. I'd have to say Almond honey is not very tasty. Tastes like medicine, & i'm sure glad that Almond trees don't produce much nectar because I wouldn't want much. On the other hand, the bees do gather quite a bit of Orange Blossom honey during that bloom. I'll have to admit I was a little bit skeptical as to how much I thought i'd like it. But after having some, I was amazed at the wonderful citrus that would linger on my palette after a spoonful.
The easiest way to tell the differences between different batches of honey is to try them side by side. Try it & enoy!
Healthy Honey Replacement
You know, the path to a more healthful lifestyle isn't always to change everything you are eating all at once. Over the years I have learned to substitute something in my diet that is not as healthy with something that is better.
As examples, I have substituted table salt with sea salt or redmond salt. I have substituted vegetable oil with Olive Oil & Coconut oil, & of course I have found many opportunities to substitute sugar with honey.
I used to throw a little bit of sugar into my spaghetti sauce, or soup & quite frankly nearly all of my cooking. Now I use honey instead. I prefer the taste & certainly prefer to avoid the sugar.
I also used to make a fresh lemonade or limeade in the summer with fresh citrus & sugar. One day I slapped my forehead & asked myself why I wasn't using honey. As soon as I did I was blown away at the amazingly flavorful & healthy drink I was enjoying. I have turned many people onto honey limeade since.
Usually the idea of "Substitution" is that you are giving up flavor for health. The real surprise to me as I have made these substitutes in my diet is that I have experienced the exact opposite. I love the added flavor & enjoyment that the more natural & healthful options have brought to my table.
Below is a fairly thorough article discussing filtration of pollens from honey here in the US. Of course filtration is only possible with heating. Enjoy, and feel free to leave your thoughts or comments.
Alpine Beekeepers in the News
Welcome to The Alpine Beekeeper!! It is so exciting to launch our new website, blog & forum. We are so excited to be a part of the grassroots movement by small beekeepers and health enthusiasts to reintroduce 100% unprocessed, unheated, unfiltered honey to honey loving consumers. Unprocessed Honey is one of natures most perfect foods. It really is a crime that the vast majority of the honey on shelves in this country has been sterilized & stripped down to a sweetener not much better than corn syrup, & in addition tastes terrible. What makes it so disheartening is that all that Honey was perfectly produced by the amazing honey bee only to be destroyed in an effort to make the honey look more appetizing to the consumer. If you haven't experienced a spoonful of NEVER HEATED honey, then try ours, or visit your local bee keeper & ask if their honey is ever heated or warmed. If the answer is "NO" your on your way. If "Yes", keep looking.
The Alpine Beekeeper
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