Lavender Honey - Gourmet Guide

June 12, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly

Lavender Honey is an all natural sweetener made by honey bees from the nectar of Lavender flowers. Lavender Honey is especially aromatic and delicious an is a well respected and recognized pairing for gourmet cheeses.

Lavender Honey is a specialty honey imported from the Catalonia region of Spain, the Alentejo region of Portugal and the mountains of Morocco. Throughout the centuries people have valued Lavender Honey for its wide ranging uses, but it is particularly excellent drizzled over cheese. A natural alternative to sugar, Lavender Honey consists mostly of fructose and glucose with small amounts of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It also retains the natural aromas from the Lavender flowers from which it was derived.

Lavender Honey is produced by honey bees. Three types of bees constitute a beehive: a queen bee, male drone bees and worker bees. Worker bees collect nectar from flowers and convert the nectar to honey to be stored in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. The worker bees then fans it with their wings in order to help with the evaporation of the water content of the honey. Once a human extracts honey from the honeycomb and properly seals it, it should have a long shelf life. In fact, some honey has been found to be preserved for decades and sometimes even centuries. For practical purposes though, manufacturers often put a two year expiration date on their honey jars.

Lavender Honey Flavor Profile
Lavender Honey has a floral, well rounded flavor. A premium monofloral (or single flower) honey, Lavender Honey has a polished honey aroma and perhaps the delicate floral scent of Lavender. An extraordinary sweetener, Lavender Honey is known for its low acidity and lack of bitterness. Its color ranges from white to light amber. Lavender Honey may lightly crystallize in your pantry, developing very fine granules. The exquisite monofloral honey is delicious served over mild, salty cheeses like Feta and Ricotta Salata, and also pairs well with blue cheeses and triple cremes.

Lavender Honey Health Benefits
Lavender Honey has been used historically to treat many human ailments either through ingestion or topical application. Lavender Honey has been used as a home remedy for ailments from athlete's foot to arthritis pain. Lavender Honey is often used as a first aid treatment for cuts and burns. Lavender Honey has anti-microbial qualities that inhibits bacteria growth and helps to keep wounds clean and deters infection. Lavender Honey also acts as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce swelling. Lavender Honey has been found to be a natural cough suppressant, and for sore throats, Lavender Honey helps to stop bacterial growth. Lavender Honey is also a wonderful natural source of energy, as it contains 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. Since the human body uses carbohydrates as its main source of fuel for energy, Lavender Honey is the perfect choice when an extra jolt of energy is needed.

It is important not to forget that while honey is prized for its many uses by humans, honey bees also pollinate food-producing plants throughout the world, making honey bees one of the most economically important insects in the world.

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