Which raw honey flavour is right for you? Whether it’s floral, forest, light or dark, here is a guide to help you discover your perfect honey match.
We think that honeys have personalities and finding the right match for you and your palate is like finding a friend who is compatible with your needs and interests. From delicately floral, to highly medicinal, for pairing with certain foods, to just eating straight from the spoon – which one is the right match for you?
This is most important for getting the truest flavour. Heat treatment, pasteurisation or micro-filtering robs honey of its multi-layered tastes as well as losing its nutritional value. Always choose raw (untreated) honey for delicious, complex flavours that are good for you too.
Honey comes in all sorts of forms, from thin, clear and delicate to thick and granular. Again the treatments that commercial honey undergoes makes it all standard and non-crystallise, but this closes the door on the wonderful variety of textures available.
There are literally thousands of honey varieties in the world. Each has a unique flavour and colour depending on which flower species the bees gather their nectar. With single varietal honeys, the honey bees gather nectar from the same type of flowers; multi floral is where the bees gather from a range of flower species. As well as nectar source, the percentage of fructose, glucose and amounts and types of amino acids along with the changes in the seasons and environment also affect texture and colour.
There are some common flavours and language used to describe and build on your honey-tasting vocabulary:
Yemeni honey is considered the best in the world due to its delicious taste, aroma and health promoting benefits. From the remote Wadi Do'an in the Hadramout region of Southern Yemen. The ancient Sidr tree is famous for its highly medicinal properties. It is often called the Manuka of the Middle East and is reported to be particularly good for liver problems, digestive problems and strengthens the immune system and promotes general health and vitality. For more on the culture of Yemeni Honey.
This is, of course, just a small sample of the amazing honey that is found around the world.
Spoon out a small amount of honey (about 1/2 of a teaspoon). Take in the aroma and let the honey sit on the front of your tongue. As it melts, the honey will spread to the back and sides of the tongue bringing out nuances in flavour. Eating a dry cracker and sipping room temperature water between each tasting will help neutralize your palate.
Enjoy your raw honey journey and let us know what you discover!
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