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Freshie Faves: Hi Honey, how are ya?

Perhaps you have haphazardly waved away an annoying bee at your last picnic, but these little busy insects also called angels of agriculture and their honey have been intertwined in human history for as long as, well there has been recorded history! They have even wiggled their way into our language. Do you have a “honey” in your life?

Humans have gobbled up honey, bathed in it, healed their wounds with it and traded with it for many, many moons. Archaeologists have even discovered a honeycomb in Egypt that had been buried with the pharaohs. It was still edible and sweet upon discovery! The earliest evidence of honey harvesting is on a rock painting dating back 8,000 years, found in Valencia, Spain.

Over the years honey has become a staple in most of our pantries. Do you have a cute little honey bear on your counter?  I have recently stumbled upon a very unique honey at FRESH call Manuka honey. Produced in New Zealand, it is a monofloral honey, which means that it is made by bees that gather  nectar from just one plant-in this case, the Manuka bush, better known as the tea tree. You have probably heard of tea tree oil and its amazing antibacterial and antifungal super powers. Well, Manuka honey captures these qualities then on top of that; you have honey’s natural antiseptic character.  Win win!

So here is the part that I tell you all the amazing ways you can enjoy this remarkable honey!

For the sniffles and a sore throat:
When you just feel the beginnings of a cold try adding a tablespoon to a cup of tea three times a day. Laboratory studies have shown that Manuka honey, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, can fight streptococcus bacteria and is thus useful to help sooth and heal several forms of sore throat.

For heartburn:
A teaspoon of this super star honey on bread or toast a few times day may reduce heartburn and acid reflux. The honey coats the esophagus and intestinal tract to relieve acid reflux symptoms and prevent damage from stomach acid.

For pure enjoyment:

HONEY SWEET POTATO BISCUITS

Ingredients:
2 cups flower
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 tsp grated lemon peel
3/4 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup honey (like Manuka honey!)
1/2 cup milk

Directions:
Mix dry ingredients in bowl and fold in shortening. Mix well then add in wet ingredients.  Knead dough
3 to 4 times lightly and roll out on flowered surface to about 1-inch thickness, cut 2 1/2-inch rounds and bake at 400° F approximately for 15 to 18 minutes.