Category Archives: Honey

The Chemistry of Honey

For many of us, the memories of college and high school chemistry caused headaches and glazed-over eyes.  However, with a few critical vocabulary words and a logical presentation, we can appreciate one of nature’s most accomplished chemists – the bees. Honey is composed of at least 181 components. Its unique taste is a result of complex chemical […]

I Love the Taste of Honey but is it Kosher?

Honey and Apples

This is a question we are often asked as the answer is YES, pure raw honey is kosher. In fact, a very special relationship exists between honey and Jewish culinary traditions. According to the Torah, (the Jewish law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Old Testament), […]

Sweet Meadowfoam Honey: Is It Made From Marshmallows?

Meadowfoam Honey

Meadowfoam is a plant native to the Pacific Northwest. It received its name because of its resemblance while in bloom to the white foam blowing on the ocean. The oil, pressed from the seeds, is very stable, and has the ability to extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. The seeds are a source of nutrients […]

Organic or Not? 

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  Currently, the United States does not have a standard for defining organic honey. Without a definition, no honey produced in the USA can be certified organic by the United States government. If a honey contains a label with an organic certification, the agency that issued the certification can be contacted and the consumer can […]

Fall Allergies

Fall allergies occur when specific allergens are in bloom. For example, ragweed allergies are common in the fall when that particular plant is in bloom. Goldenrod also blooms at this time of year and is easily recognizable; however, it is the less showy ragweed that is the primary culprit in fall allergies. The pollen grains […]

Fireweed Honey–What is the “hottest” honey from the coldest part of the USA?

    Fireweed honey is a premium monofloral honey, light in color with a mild taste. This honey is often referred to as the Champagne of all honeys. It is produced in the northwestern United States, particularly in Alaska. What makes this honey so special? Perhaps it is the unstoppable “spirit” of the plant itself. […]

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