|Pooh Bear was onto something.|
It's been in the news a bit recently. Turns out that a lot of the stuff on America's grocery shelves isn't *really* honey.
It's been so thoroughly over processed that all of the actual honey has been removed. And you know what you lose, when you turn honey into not-honey?
Everything that makes honey awesome.
You see, honey is fascinating stuff. It's got so much more than being a "natural" sweetening agent going for it. Honey tastes like whatever plant the bees collected the pollen from, and contains those allergens so it can actually help you with your allergies.
Most of the honey going around in America is clover honey. That is, the pollen that the bees collect is predominantly from clover plants. And that's... fine. But oh, honey, there is so much more to you than that.
Honey was used by ancient Egyptians as an embalming fluid. Honey kills bacteria. Honey is pretty much more awesome every time you learn something new about it. And no, honey is not bee poop.
I've always loved honey. As a kid, my favorite sandwich was white bread, smothered in honey, with another slice of white bread on top. My mom thought I was nuts. I knew better- honey rocks my socks.
And again, if you're eating honey that comes from the other side of the planet, you're boosting your immunity to the allergens on the other side of the planet. Sort of counter intuitive, no?
For that reason, the best honey in the world is always local honey. The closer to where you live, the better for you it is. That's because the plants that go into the honey are the same plants giving you hay fever. It's pretty cool.
So what kinds of honey are there? Let me share a few of my favorites.
Of course, most southerners who know their honey would consider it blasphemy to say that any honey other than Tupelo honey reigned supreme in the USA. And they're onto something. Tupelo honey is so smooth. It's color is very similar to clover honey, but it is much sweeter. If it's hard to believe that something is sweeter than honey, then you can rest easy that the sweeter substance is still... honey. Aside from its sweetness and amazing texture, another thing that Tupelo honey has going for it is that it tastes good with absolutely everything. Seriously, you could glaze garlic in the stuff and have the yummiest garlic of your life.
Tupelo has a remarkable amount in common with Manuka. It's a tree, for starters. That means that if tree pollen is a bigger problem for you than grass or hay, Tupelo honey might be beneficial for you. Kiwis and Elvis fans can agree on one thing- those fragrant trees? They make amazing honey.
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One other honey recommendation: whipped honey. Basically, that granulation problem I mentioned briefly? You do that on purpose, in a climate controlled environment. The result is something frequently referred to as "honey butter." It's creamy and spreadable, with a waxier texture.
So go out there, find your local bee keepers (there are more of them than you might think!) and make yourself some toast, tea, and even ice cream to put that honey on. Because honey in amazing.