How Sweet It Is
To those most familiar with that sticky, squeezable plastic bear, it may come as a revelation that there are countless varieties of honey, each with a distinctive flavor.
There are more than 300 types of honey produced in the U.S. alone. The difference between them stems from the source of the nectar -- which type of blossom the bee alights upon. The name of the varietal (such as blueberry, sage, saw palmetto) is also derived from the flower.
Much like wine, the taste profile and availability of these honey varietals can shift from year to year, depending on rainfall and other seasonal weather conditions, says Bruce Wolk, director of marketing for the National Honey Board.
But that rareness just makes these honeys all the more precious, and not just to sweeten your tea.
The Oldest Woman-Owned BusinessIf this doesn't get your mouth watering, consider the significant health benefits of honey. It not only contains antioxidants, but also has been used for centuries to help heal wounds and burns. Its success at this is due to honey's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. While we may rely on prescription drugs for these ailments today, honey still can be quite effective in soothing a sore throat or even helping battle allergies. Although there is not yet any conclusive scientific research to prove so, it's reputed that eating a local honey (made from the flower whose pollen is triggering the allergy) can alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately, beekeeping is a dying industry in the U.S. Since the 1950s, the number of domestic beekeepers has dwindled for three main reasons.
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