Honey has been praised for its nutritional and medicinal benefits since biblical times. It has been known to heal wounds due to its antibacterial properties and to curb allergies for people living in the same area where the honey bees are pollinating. It is also considered a useful food because it stimulates the heart and provides energy.
According to one of our local producers, Slide Ridge Honey, "Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water."
Pretty powerful stuff - and it tastes good, too!
As with most foods, look for the variety that is the least processed. Honey that is unfiltered and raw is the most nutrient dense. There are local honey producers in most areas and if you are suffering from allergies and looking for a little natural relief, try a daily dose of 1 tablespoon of honey that is produced as close to your home as possible. Buying local is really important here; raw honey contains some pollen, but to be effective it must be the same pollen that is making you sneeze.
The taste of honey varies depending on the source of the nectar. Mass produced honey is typically blended from many types of flowers, whereas the honey from small producers might be gathered in a more concentrated area. The best bet is to try them and see what you like - it's hard to go wrong.
In Utah there are many small honey producers. Check your farmers market and ask around; there may be a beekeeper in your neighborhood.
Below are 3 producers to get you started on your mission to find the perfect honey. Each of their websites provides a list of markets that carry their products, and also the ability to order online.
Slide Ridge Honey (the photo shows the Slide Ridge bee yard)
If you know of a Utah producer that offers raw, unfiltered, delicious honey, go to Contact Us and send us a message; I'll include them on our honey producer list.
Let's get busy spreading the word about how sweet it is to eat local honey.