5 Popular Varieties of Honey
In celebration of the World Honey Bee Day, previously known as Honey Bee Awareness Day, being held the third Saturday in August, I thought a blog post about popular varieties of honey would be ideal! People are surprised to learn that there are over 300 varieties of honey in Canada and the United States. Honey is essential to our well-being and is known to be good for us! Keep reading, to learn more about a few of the most popular flavours. They just might surprise you!
Lavender honey has an intense flavour and smell. Scads of people claim it’s their favourite. But, it’s also considered a medicinal type of honey. It contains a number of amino acids that the human body uses in a number of ways.
Most notably, lavender honey is very high in levels of the amino acid tyrosine. Your body uses tyrosine to make neurotransmitters that help treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. Lavender honey also has powerful antioxidant and antifungal properties, to keep germs at bay.
Acacia is a very popular honey variety due to its mild, sweet flavour. It’s great to use in a number of recipes because it doesn’t overpower the other flavours in the dish. Acacia honey has a relaxing effect, which helps you fall asleep at bedtime. This makes it a great addition to a soothing cup of chamomile tea.
Dandelion honey has a strong, unique taste that many people enjoy. It aids the body and dealing with digestive issues such as gastritis and constipation. Dandelion honey is great on toast when you pair it with butter. Or, try mixing a bit of it into a glass of water to make a simple and delicious beverage when you’re craving something sweet.
Manuka is a popular variety of honey made using the nectar of a New Zealand Manuka tree. Unlike many other honey blends, it has powerful antibacterial properties and can be used to help your body fight off infections. Manuka honey comes in a variety of products such as teas and creams which are designed to treat wounds, fight colds and relieve sore throats.
Though it has a bitter aftertaste, sage honey is popular for its relaxing effect. It’s also very effective at stopping coughs and relieving chest congestion when brewed into a tea. The next time you have a sore or scratchy throat, eat a tablespoon of sage honey. You should typically start to feel relief almost instantly.
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