|A Honey of a New Year!|
With Savannah Bee Company
As 5774 approaches, we pray for a good and sweet year. Honey has been part of the Jewish tradition for thousands of years, as exemplified by the age-old custom of using a taste of honey to encourage and reward young children in their Torah learning. And now honey has gotten even sweeter! With Rosh Hashanah approaching, it's time to think honey; actually it's always time to think honey -- on yogurt, in tea, on poultry, in cereal, fruit and of course in challah—our favorite.
Some of the classic favorites and newest honeys as described by the honey mavens, our friends at The Savannah Bee Company:
Tupelo is the "gold standard" by which all other honeys are measured. Harvested over two or three weeks in the early spring, Tupelo nectar is one of the rarest and most valuable liquid resources in the world. . . a thick, slow-moving river of liquid sunshine. Pour it into strong black tea, on to buttery toast, or over a piece of aged cheddar. An award winner!
Acacia is known as "moonflower honey" and is produced in the Southern Italian Alps. This delicate organic honey has a clean, light vanilla taste. It tastes delicious in coffee or tea or served drizzled over toast or over Parmigiana- Reggiano. Elegant!
Winter White comes from the wildflowers of Lapland, Finland, near the North Pole. This exquisite honey has a creamy color and a smooth texture. Its pure, clean taste, with just a hint of fruit, is the ideal compliment to hot cocoa or warm scones.
Sourwood, an award-winning honey with hints of maple and spice, is made in small batches high in the southern Appalachians.
Raspberry is from the largest raspberry orchard in the U.S and is the purest raspberry honey on the market. This honey naturally crystallizes immediately after extracting it from the combs, making it the ideal dipping consistency. Spread on warm toast, biscuits, or scones.
Black Sage, a pale, cool, greenish-yellow honey rarely crystallizes, is extremely rare, and a treat on the palate. It is very different from any other American honey. The flavors are distinctive, with notes of apple, berry, and vanilla. Many prize this as a favorite with strong black tea.
Palmetto Honey. The Sabal Palmetto was adopted as the South Carolina state tree in 1939. In tribute to the Sabal Palmetto and the state of South Carolina comes Palmetto Honey! This rich golden honey is sweet and smooth with subtle smoky notes. Palmetto Honey is the perfect sweetener for the South's signature drink, Sweet Tea, or another southern favorite- a spoonful atop a piping hot buttermilk biscuit!
Wildflower Honey (Tupelo's little sister) is collected from White Holly, Gallberry, a little Saw Tooth Palmetto, or maybe Tulip Poplar. The flavor depends on the remote Georgia wildflower blossoms and the whimsy of the bees. This bright golden honey is rich and luscious; it's a perfect partner to a peanut butter and banana sandwich or a steamy latte.
Savannah Honey is renowned for stunning variety of incredible flowering plants. This honey is bottled this honey from local floral sources. The honeybees visit 1.5 million flowers to gather the nectar to make this one jar of honey! Although each jar of Savannah Honey will have its own subtle and complex flavors, each jar represents the beautiful and complex city of Savannah.
Charleston Honey is sweet and local honey from the Charleston South Carolina Low Country. The unique and delicious characteristics of this mellow wildflower honey will change with the changing seasons.
Honeys from Savannah Bee Company are KSA kosher certified.
Visit Savannah Bee Company, for recipes, more information, or to order. Gift yourself or your Yom Tov host with honeys and honey gift boxes. Order online and purchase at many Whole Foods Markets.
And yes, Y'all, another reason we think Savannah Bee Company is sweet, is that they are from our home state of Georgia! Their advice for KosherEye readers: BEE Kosher!
Watch Ted Dennard, founder of Savannah Bee, open a hive and explain about bees in their home: