Honey for Life

I think it’s kind of cool that ancient Egyptian honey is still edible.

Today of course, there’s fake honey that’s made from corn syrup. (The sun god, Ra would throw a hissy fit.) There’s also filtered honey which is honey, but it’s ultra processed so it doesn’t crystallize so easily.

Why is it we always have to improve on the original?

If you want the real stuff, look for raw or unfiltered honey. The pollen is what gives honey its health benefits. The ancient Egyptians would approve.

Hmm…you’d think the ancient Egyptians would’ve had a bee god.

Do you eat honey? We bought some a few years ago that’s as thick as paste, but oh, so good.

 

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20 Comments

  1. I’ve heard of fake maple syrup –> in America of all places and so close to the maple tree. Never heard of fake honey though, until now. My vice is so ‘rock and roll’ – honey in porridge. Great in a wet Welsh winter.

  2. A few years ago, Consumer Reports did a test of major honey brands and found that most of them added corn syrup to the real honey. Some of them had no real honey in them at all! So if you buy your honey from any of the major brands, you’re probably eating the fake stuff. The FDA did sort of crack down after the CU report, but you still have to read labels to be sure of what you’re getting. As with nearly everything else, your best bet is to buy organic, hopefully from a local source.

    I’m trying to eat (mostly) a plant-based, whole foods diet. Animal products are not part of it, but I make an exception for the occasional bit of honey. Honey is one of the purest foods we can eat, and it’s also got antimicrobial properties. It’s good for our immune systems and our guts!

    • Marlene: Pure food is right. Although I seem to recall reading that if you have allergies you’ll do better eating honey from a different region.

      There are so many good things going for it. That’s why it upset me to learn that they mix, dilute, and filter honey until it’s some homogeneous version of what they tell the masses it should be.

  3. I love honey. Grew up putting honey on my biscuits. But when I did that in front of my husband’s WV cousins, they looked at me as if I’d gone insane. Gravy went with biscuits, not honey, they said. Boy, were they missing out!

  4. I love honey! My husband and I bought a lot of it from a local grower when we lived in Illinois in the early 1970s. We had it in several 20 gallon buckets. When we moved out of the country 2 years ago we passed it on to our children. It was still delicious, thick and dark and rich.

  5. I grew up on orange blossom honey on hot biscuits with butter, which in the south is like the breakfast of champions. 🙂 We got ours from my uncle, who kept bees on his farm. Raw honey is absolute bliss. I still use honey and lemon when my throat is sore or my voice is strained. Way more soothing than any over the counter medicine.

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