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Dark Honey Has More Illness-Fighting Agents Than Light Honey
Date: July 8, 1998
Source:University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
Summary:
Honey bees pollinate the crops we eat and provide honey. Where they forage for nectar now has gained nutritional importance: What they eat determines the level of antioxidants in honey, according to new research.

There are several hundred different types of honey, each as unique in flavor and color as the flowers from which the honey bees gathered the nectar. Bees feed on nectar from flowers and then take it back to the hive, where honey is produced. Honey can be almost clear in color to almost black. Dark honeys tend to have a stronger flavor and a more pungent aroma, and they contain more beneficial antioxidant compounds than light-colored honey.

Avocado Honey

  • Avocado honey is largely produced from the avocado blossoms in California. This honey variety also comes from southern Mexico and is widely produced throughout Central America, Australia and other tropical regions where avocados are grown. Avocado honey is very dark and has a strong buttery flavor. You can try it as a spread on bread or as an ingredient in salad dressings and sauces.

Buckwheat Honey

  • Buckwheat honey is so dark that it looks almost black in the jar, but when it's held up to the light, it varies in color from copper to purple. This type of honey is somewhat difficult to find, but it is produced in New York, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and eastern Canada. Buckwheat honey has a bold, earthy smell and a flavor that is often compared to molasses. Its dark color means that this honey is packed with antioxidants and iron, making it a healthy substitute for sugar. It is the ideal complement for buckwheat pancakes and can also be used to produce mead.

Macadamia Honey

  • Macadamia honey is made from the nectar of the macadamia nut tree. Macadamia trees were once almost exclusive to Australia, and so was the sweet honey byproduct. Hawaii is now a leading producer of macadamia nuts, and thus is also a major supplier of macadamia honey. The dark honey has a complex aroma and a mild, nutty flavor. It is rich in antioxidants and is the perfect complement to foods that might be eaten with macadamia nuts. Try it as a topping for salads and ice cream, mix it in your tea, use it as a glaze for grilled meats or use it as a substitute for sugar in cookie and cake recipes.

Pumpkin Blossom Honey

  • Pumpkin blossom honey is a dark amber color with a subtle floral aroma. It is a rare honey variety because it can only be produced during the short blossoming period of pumpkin plants. It is made anywhere that pumpkins are grown. This is a versatile variety that pairs well with sweet and savory dishes. Use it in your favorite sweet bread recipes, or simply add some to a slice of hearty grain bread. It is ideal for use in marinades and grilling sauces, and can even be blended with yogurt and ice cream.



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