Tuesday, January 16, 2007

#97: A Spoonful of Honey

Zambezi Organic Honey
"The only reason for being a bee is to make honey.
And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.

Winnie the Pooh

Did anyone know that the bees from Africa make honey? When I think of African Bees I think of Killer Bees. One too many late night movies I suppose. Well, I'm glad they do because Zambezi Organic Forest Honey is really something special.

Hidden in a lush forest at the source of the mighty Zambezi River lives a special honeybee that feeds only on flowering trees. Gathered using sustainable methods, our traditional beekeepers help to preserve the forest as well as the bees.

I do not know much about honey and I am certainly no honey connoisseur. I purchase a bottle of honey from the local grocery store from time to time, mostly when it is called for in a recipe. When I have it in the house I sometimes add it to tea. The only reason I bought this special honey is because it is part of my project to taste each item on Food & Wine's 100 Tastes to Try for this year. #97 on the list is African Honey. Zambezie Honey was the recommended honey from Food & Wine.

I used this honey when I made Corn Bread with Scallions. However the honey flavor was not very noticeable in that recipe. So to really try it, I had to be like Winnie the Pooh and just stick my paw in a take a taste. It is so good! Ever since I have been having a finger full each night, straight out of the jar.

Honey has become all the rage lately. It is coming is all sorts of flavors and from all parts of the world. In fact, I just ordered some Lavender Honey from Spain at Tienda.com earlier today. Zambezie honey is made in Africa. I purchased this 16-ounce jar online from Zambezie's website for $9.95.

Zambezie Organic Forest Honey honey has so many things going for it. It's organic so it comes from pure sources. The bees live wild in the forests near the Zambezi River of Africa. Since the bees are in their natural habitat, they do not feed on anything except their natural diet of wild flowers. Their website describes the taste: "You first discern a pleasant woodsy aroma, with hints of toasted caramel. The taste is slightly spicy, with subtle tangs of red currant. The warm amber hue is reminiscent of sunrise over the African forest." Doesn't that just sound delicious? I'm not the only one who thinks so . . . Kate from Kate in the Kitchen also gave it a positive review.

Have any of you tried or heard of any other interesting honey's lately? Also, does anyone have any creative uses for honey?


Blair said...

I know that American honey is not all the rage, but for four generations my family has never steered away from Patagonia Honey from AZ, and while we have tried other kinds of honey from time to time... we always come back to Patagonia.

Kate said...

hmmmm.....lavendar honey? I might need to investigate that one. And the Patagonia honey

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

I bet a little honey on that cornbread of yours was great! I always get the local honey...maybe I should branch out.

rachel said...

yum, more honey! i'll have to try and find it.

i'll definately post when i get the lavendar honey. and i'm going to compare it to the Zambezie and some organic honey i have at home.

extra honey on top of cornbread would have been awesome! i didn't even think of that. or even better, maybe i can make my own honey butter . . . yum!

Anonymous said...

Have you tried organic manuka honey from http://www.wedderspoon.com yet? It is from New Zealand and has a special component in the honey that makes it potent enough so it can heal certain ailments.

BeeKeeperTIm said...

I'm a beekeeper and I've had the zambezi honey. Its quite good and yes you can be sure its organic. They have worked hard to gain an organic rating from the USDA which is not easy to get. That said, after visiting their website I'm not sure they can claim any health benefits as I am fairly certain they pasteurize or cook their honey. This is bad juju! Heat ruins both the flavor and the natural antioxidant properties in honey. Raw honey is the best bet for a truly healthy, full flavored honey. If you can find raw, organic honey thats even better!

Anonymous said...

Yes, you do not want to bother with pasturized honey. You want raw, unfiltered honey for maximum health benefits!