Jonathan got a cold awhile back, and when I’d quarantined him away from the baby he ended up consuming his weight in honey to get better fast. And guess what?! He did! At the expense of our entire honey stock, that is.
So when Mohawk Valley Trading Company offered to send me some raw honey and comb honey to review and giveaway I was like, “Uhhh, heck yes, please?!”
They sent us a jar of Raw Buckwheat Honey, a jar of Raw Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey, a jar of Raw Adirondack Wildflower Honey and a cube of Raw Wildflower Comb Honey.
Jonathan and I have purchased raw honey before, so I thought I knew what we’d be getting. But when we sampled the varieties sent to us I was shocked. I mean, shocked. Jonathan and I both said “wow” about a dozen times each.
First, I’d never sampled different varieties of honey before. I was shocked to find that the flavors vary drastically between the different types. Not just an, “Oh yes, this is a tweak on the same old thing.” But a night and day difference between each jar. The wildflower honey tasted like sugary sunshine and summertime. The tulip poplar honey tasted sweet and rich with hints of deep flavor, like honey and brown sugar made a honey love child. And the buckwheat honey was the deepest, earthiest sweet substance I’ve ever tasted, with a rich, deep, pleasantly intense woodsy flavor.
Secondly, the intensity of the individual flavors are surprisingly stand alone. I am quite fond of honey, but I have never been one to desire sucking on a glob of it right off the spoon. But this honey is like candy! We accidentally spilled some on the kitchen counter and I started licking at the counter top like a freak. (The counter was clean, don’t look at me like that.) I think I’m ordering all of my honey from Mohawk Valley from now on. No joke!
The comb honey is just something else, and it deserves it’s own blog post, which I’ll be putting out (along with some yummy recipes) later this week.. so be sure to check back!
More About Honey
I mentioned above that Jonathan and I go through quite a bit of honey whenever the flu or a cold or the sniffles hit. That’s because honey is one of the best holistic substances to have on hand to treat a cold or the flu. (Along with apple cider vinegar and garlic.)
Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its many health benefits. Literally every culture across the planet has incorporated honey into their medical practices in some form or other. Further, modern medical research has explained the chemical properties of honey and deemed it beneficial as an antiseptic and antibacterial treatment. In a study published by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, researchers found that raw honey works far better than dextromethorphan (the active ingredient in store-bought cough syrup) at reducing the frequency and severity of coughing episodes for children.
(IMPORTANT NOTE! Do no give honey to children under one year! Their bodies literally cannot digest it, it’s poison to an infant, with a high mortality rate! Over one year is generally considered safe, though some wait till their kids are 2 or older for safeties sake…)
Honey has been proven to help boost immunity, and to prevent or shorten the lifespan of the flu, sore throat, and the common cold. Dr. Tasneem Bhatia from the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine has stated that one of the natural solutions she recommended is taking 1 to 2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey every day to ward off the flu!
Anyway, the thing is, if you are planning on buying honey for its health benefits, it must be raw honey.
Heating honey through pasteurization destroys all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Using liquid honey for a flu remedy is pretty much like gutting a Corvette and then bragging about your sweet ride. (Okay, that was a horrible analogy. But still.)
So, if liquid honey is so ineffective, why do companies do it? Because people are lazy, duh! Americans prefer the convenience of being able to squeeze honey from a bottle instead of gently warming a jar for easy pouring. (I, personally, see nothing wrong with scooping up a nice thick mound of solid honey and stirring it as it gently melts into my tea. Mmmmm…)
Mohawk Valley honey is raw, unheated, unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed, unblended and in the same condition as it was in the hive.
From the Mohawk Valley Trading Company website, here is the rundown on the origins of the honey we sampled:
Buckwheat Honey – From about July through thru October, we place hives in buckwheat fields on both slopes and the surrounding area of the Central Mohawk Valley and Finger Lakes region of New York.
Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey – From about the last week of October (after we harvest the Autumn Wildflower and Buckwheat Honey) thru April some of our hives are trucked to The Delmarva Peninsula to winter over in a milder climate and to get an earlier start in the spring than they would in Upstate NY. Tulip Poplar and Black Locust trees bloom about the same time and this honey is derived from the nectar of their blossoms. Its dark color is due to the high mineral content.
Summer Wildflower Honey – From April thru mid-late August, hives are on both slopes and the surrounding area of the Southern Kuyahoora Valley & Central Mohawk Valley regions of Upstate New York.
And now!! Here’s your chance to enter to win:
One Glass Jar of Raw Buckwheat Honey
One Glass Jar of Raw Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey
One Glass Jar of Raw Adirondack Wildflower Honey
Trust me, this is a giveaway you don’t want to miss! I will be blogging more about honey vs. cough syrup, honey and honey comb recipes and various uses of honey in the coming week while this giveaway is active, so check back often! Also don’t forget, you can enter once a day! The giveaway ends on January 21!
[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]
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