Saturday, February 4, 2012

Oh Honey...

On Tuesday, I took to a trip to Whole Foods to do my weekly grocery shopping and as I have been out of honey to use in my tea, I stopped in the honey aisle.  To be honest buying honey always has a slightly bewildering effect on me as there are always so many options and all the options are expensive.  I never know which option is the best choice and making the best choice is something that is and has always been really important to me.  I usually pick clover honey because it’s the most familiar, I grew up using clover.  But this day I decided to do something different.  I whipped out my iphone and googled each type of honey, clover, orange blossom and wildflower.  And what do you know, I got my answer.  

The numerous honey options.
Bewilderment ensued.
Wildflower, Orange Blossom and Clover Honey. 

Clover honey is honey produced by bees that feed primarily on the nectar of clover plants.  It has a mild and slightly floral flavor (source  Orange blossom honey (aka citrus honey) is produced by placing beehives in citrus groves and is said to have an orange flavoring (source  Tupelo honey is harvested from bees that pollinate the tupelo tree, which grows along rivers and swamps in Florida (source  Wildflower honey (aka polyfloral honey) is derived from multiple nectar sources and such the taste can vary from year to year (source 

My final choice:  Wildflower Honey. 
Honey can range in color from pale amber to very dark.  The darker the honey the more anti-oxidant properties, vitamins and minerals it contains.  Honey has many health benefits.  It is a natural energy booster, has beneficial effects on the immune system with numerous anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties and has been known to treat many common ailments (yeast infections, minor cuts and burns, athlete’s foot and arthritis pain) (source 

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