Honey tastes wonderful with dried fruit, making toasted raisin bread (with a dash of cinnamon) a great partner for my latest honey, a raw organic Beechwood honey from New Zealand by Wedderspoon. My ex-boss (now good friend) J is from New Zealand, she thinks the honey there is awesome (I am hoping she’ll pick me up some when she next goes back….hint hint); I’m pleased to have a chance to test her claims.
This particular honey is known as a honeydew honey. Whilst most honey comes from nectar, this type of honey comes from the sap produced by aphids on the bark of beechwood trees, who knew! It is this sap which is collected by the bees and turned into honey giving the honey a deeper distinctive taste. I was delighted to try this honey as I have not experienced a honeydew one before, and this one had a deep full flavour and dark amber colour.
This beechwood honey is from the South Island. Often when we think of New Zealand, the much in demand (and marketed) Manuka honey come to mind however this beechwood honey also comes with a number of accolades too, it has high levels of antioxidants and is organic, raw and nutrient rich. Raw honey is truly magnificent!
This honey costs £13.95 for 325g, so is one of the more expensive honeys that I have tried, I would use it sparingly and as simply as possible. The real atttaction of this honey is that it is rich in oligosaccharides, which have a prebiotic effect (which means it’s great for bacteria in the gut). It tastes great and is certainly popular with those looking for ways to boost their immune system.