Superfood Staple: Honey

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Craving something sweet that can add a little flavor to your life and might ease a few pains along the way? Honey is the answer to all of your worries.

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How is honey made?

The golden liquid is made in five simple steps: first, from the flowers; to the bees; to their hive; some assistance from the  beekeepers; and finally, to the bottlers.

Color and flavor of the honey are determined by the types of flowers the bees collect the nectar from – wildflowers produce a dark, amber color, while orange blossoms produce a lighter honey.

The bees naturally break down the nectar into simple sugars and then store it into honeycombs. With the innate fanning of the bees’ wings, evaporation begins to take place, which begins to create a thicker liquid that we are more familiar with: honey.

Just within the United States, there are more than 300 types of honey produced. In most situations, bees create more honey than what their colony needs and this is where beekeepers come into play: they harvest the excess honey by scraping the caps of the wax cells that contain the honey. After the caps are removed, the honeycombs are placed in an extractor which forces the honey out of the comb. Then, the honey is strained, bottled, retailed, and makes its way into our delicious beverages and foods.

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How will honey benefit me?

The benefits of raw honey seem to be infinite: a natural energy booster, a soother of sore throats and coughs, boosts the immune system, even helps treat urinary diseases.

Here’s a warning –  at least 75% of grocery store honey is technically not considered to be “real” honey. Food Safety News has tested brands at major retailers and many of them had zero traces of pollen. The US Food and Drug Administration states that “ any honey products that have been ultra- filtered are not actually honey.” So when shopping for this savory substance, be on the lookout for brands that contain pollen and brands that do not.

Here‘s a list of brands to stay away from and which ones to look for.

Once you have stocked up on all of that delicious, real honey, here are some great recipes to try out!

 

Recipe #1: Mary-Ann and Ginger Cocktail

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Named after two characters on Gilligan’s Island, this cocktail is a new take on the classic Dark and Stormy cocktail. The sweet cocktail will warm you up in the cold weather that comes with fall. Fresh and delectable!

Find the full recipe on Beeraw.

 

Recipe #2: Raw Honey Mustard Dressing

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This delicious recipe can double as a dressing as well as a sauce. You can use it on salads, chicken, whatever you like! The raw honey helps break down salads to make them more capable of an easy digest.

Find the full recipe on Honey Pacifica

 

Recipe #3: Fruit and Nut Grain-Free Bars

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If you need a quick snack, you can make a few of these and save them for when you are on the go! These bars are rich in protein, grain-free and less expensive than store-bought brands – you can even customize the recipes to contain the fruit and nuts that you like!

Find the full recipe on Honey Pacifica.

 

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About Skylar Haddad

Skylar Haddad is an undergraduate Journalism student at Hofstra University with minors in Public Relations and Dance. Currently, Skylar is an Editorial Intern with The Path Editorial Team. Besides being involved with the School of Communications, Haddad holds a student leadership position in Hofstra’s largest club on campus as well as being a Content Creator for The Odyssey Online. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new areas, exercising, and heading home to the Berkshires every once in awhile.