Honey is a bit of a wonder product, and with bees under threat, I think we should be singing its praises from the rooftops. So, in time for National Honey Week, here’s how honey will transform everything from your cooking to your beauty regime.
1. Don’t just spread it on toast; use honey in your cooking. Contrast it with tart, spicy or salty ingredients in savoury dishes (goat’s cheese, halloumi, mustard, vinaigrette etc), or use it to add a mellow sweetness to puds. For example:
2. Use it as a thirst-quenching natural sweetener in summer drinks, or see how it adds flavour without sugariness to Ocado favourite, Hiver honey beer.
3. Try out honey’s health benefits. Raw honey has not been pasteurised, which means it keeps all its enzymes and antioxidants that can be lost in heat-treating. It also has antibacterial properties.
A favourite is Hilltop Honey, a tiny supplier from Newtown, Mid-Wales. (They also make delicious infused honeys – I love the ginger one over ice cream).
Manuka Health honey is on Save 25% until 20th May. In their own words, ‘Methylglyoxal is the active compound directly responsible for the antibacterial activity of any Manuka honey. The higher the Methylglyoxal content of MGO™ Manuka Honey, the stronger the antibacterial activity.’
4. Use it in your beauty regime. Honey has been used in skincare for centuries, thanks to its moisturising and antibacterial qualities. It’s particularly lovely in lip salves, like Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm and Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Creme & Honey Lip Butter.
5. Scent your home. Beefayre Candles donate 3% of their profits to bee conservation and research. My favourites are Beefayre Bluebell and Wood Anenome Large Scented Candle and a new flavour – Beefayre Rhubarb & Raspberry. Delicious, and the glass jars are beautiful.
6. Make your garden grow. Friends of the Honey Bee site lack of food as one of the main reasons for bee decline in this country. So get sowing. Scatter wildflower seeds and create your own mini meadow at the bottom of your garden, or simply pot up your windowsills.
Did you know that bees fly over 40,000 bee miles to make one jar of honey? So let’s show some appreciation!
Lucy, Preserves Buyer