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Varietal Honey vs. Honey Infusions

Consumers are often confused by the difference between the terms: varietal of honey and infusion of honey. The products are often coined with the same names on the product shelf. To simplify, the varietal of honey contains only pure honey. The varietal, which has infinite possibilities, can range from clover, to cranberry, to buckwheat; but, it contains only one ingredient – honey! The bees pollinated that type of crop primarily to create a different flavor profile and it is indicated on each particular jar of honey. This can be further complicated because the honey can be a single-source varietal such as blueberry honey, or a multi-source varietal such as wildflower honey. The final product can also be found in many different forms ranging but not limited to: liquid, crystallized, comb-form, and creamed. A honey infusion, on the other hand, is a honey that has had things added to it. An honest producer will reflect that on the label of the product.

The problem lies in that both a honey varietal and a honey infusion can be labeled the same. Take for example “Blueberry Honey.” If solid blueberries are added to the product, you have a direct indicator that this is, in fact, a honey infusion and not a varietal of honey. However, a liquid blueberry extract could be added and the only way a consumer would know is to flip the label and check the ingredient list. Now, I do have found with our local grocers, the varietals of honey are becoming increasingly popular and the honey infusions less so. While Farmers Markets and local markets are where honey infusions can be found.

There are some wonderful honey infusions. I, myself, make herbal infusions, which I add to tea when I have a sore throat. However, it is important to note that a honey infusion will not have the shelf life found in a varietal of honey. This is due to the nature of the additives, which frequently have some residual moisture, resulting in fermentation of honey. This is usually not a problem in a varietal of honey; although there are some varietals that have high moisture and are predisposed to fermentation. Honey contains water (15-18% is often standard); however, when the percent of water in honey is in excess of this range, it is often unbound and therefor available for fermentation.

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Killer fall/winter dessert tray

White figs, sharp white cheddar, Stilton, Walnuts - shelled or not, Crystals All Natural honey in a shallow dish in center and red or Concord grapes for garnish. Serve with water crackers or Melba toast and Madeira, Vintage Port, Black Currant tea or Grand Marnier.

Feel a cold in your future?

Hot Toddy Recipe: 1/2 whole fresh lemon, juiced onto the mug, put the peel in as well, 2 tbsp. Crystals Wildflower honey or Crystal's Nantucket Cranberry - add boiling water - stir while sniffling the steam. Sip and sniff.

Winter grilled beef or pork:

For sauce use these proportions:

3/4lb meat: 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp. Crystal's Blueberry honey, 1 tbs. virgin olive oil, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, some grinds of black pepper.

Put ingredients in a big ceramic or glass bowl, large enough to receive the meat hot off the grill. Whisk. If using beef, add 3 fingers (sprigs about 3" long) of fresh rosemary cut up with scissors, so the spice releases into the sauce.

If using pork or chicken, cut up with shears about 10 sprigs of fresh cilantro into the sauce. Cut your meat into 1.5-inch cubes, cut up some onions in chunks - skewer meat and onions. Grill on charcoal or gas grill. When done use a fork and pull HOT meat off the skewers into the bowl with the sauce (meat will sizzle) and toss/stir so meat is flavored - serve immediately with roasted almond pilaf or roasted potatoes and steamed kale.

What is all natural (raw) honey and why is it better for you?

All natural (raw) honey is unfiltered and unheated. When extracted from the comb all natural honey contains pollen; the quantity of pollen in all natural honey is influenced by the floral source, the distance from the hive, and the moisture content of the honey. The nutritional composition of pollen surpasses that of most foods typically eaten.* Heat applied during processing (for filtration) decreases the flavor as well as degrades the pollen and protein content of the honey.

* Cran e, Eva. Honey: A Comprehensive Survey. London:Heinemann, 1975. p.253.

Honey Recipes

Honey Roast Chicken with Spring Peas & Shallots

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This amazing recipe is served with a champagne and honey sauce and utilizes lemon slices to bring out the sweetness of the honey.


1 3 1/2 pound whole broiler-fryer chicken
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 cup sliced shallots
1 cup champagne, sparkling wine, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 small lemon, thinly sliced


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse chicken cavity; pat chicken dry with paper towels. Skewer neck skin to back; tie legs to tail. Place chicken in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Roast, uncovered, for 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours or until drumsticks move easily in sockets and chicken is no longer pink (180 degrees F). Brush with half the honey and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the tarragon. Roast about 5 minutes more or until the chicken has a golden brown glaze.

3. Remove chicken from pan and tent with foil. Transfer oasting pan to stove top. Add shallots, champagne, broth, remaining honey, and fresh peas (if using). Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until juices thicken slightly and shallots are tender. Add frozen peas (if using) and lemon slices to pan. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through. To serve, return chicken to pan, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon tarragon. If desired, drizzle with remaining honey.

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Avocado and Strawberries with Honey Vinaigrette


2 1/2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
3 tablespoon(s) honey
3 tablespoon(s) olive oil
1/8 sea salt
teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
2 avocados , peeled, pitted and cut into wedges
8 ounce(s) strawberries, halved


1. Whisk the lemon juice, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper together.
2. Arrange the avocados and strawberries on 6 salad plates.
3. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the fruit salad. Serve immediately.

One Pot Honey Balsamic Spring Chicken

4 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 red onion, cut in julienne strips
2 cups 1-inch asparagus pieces
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey

Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken thighs. Add chicken thighs to dry pan, skin side down. DO NOT TOUCH OR MOVE for 3 – 5 minutes, until edges of thighs look golden brown. Turn thighs over and cook another 3 minutes. Remove thighs from skillet.

Add chicken stock, white wine vinegar and onion. Let cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent. Add asparagus and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add peas and cook until thawed, and until liquid has almost evaporated. Pour all veggies out of skillet onto a serving platter.

Add chicken back to skillet and add balsamic vinegar and honey. Toss and cook until all liquid clings to the chicken thighs. Remove chicken thighs to top the veggies. Serve immediately.

Strawberry and Honey Sorbet

Serves 2 to 4
1 pint (16 ounces) strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vodka (or flavored liqueur of choice), optional
Juice from one lemon

Place the strawberries in a blender and puree until very smooth. Push the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove some of the seeds. Whisk in the honey, vodka, and lemon juice. (You want this to be on the sweet side since freezing will dull the flavor.) Cover and chill the mixture.

Once the strawberry mixture is completely chilled, pour into the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Return the sorbet to the freezer for a couple more hours to continue firming up.

Note: the vodka helps lower the freezing point of the sorbet, giving it a softer texture and preventing it from getting too hard.

A Few Customer Favorites

I like a teaspoon with half coconut oil and half honey. Also a goat cheese puck with honey and fresh berries or pear slices is one of my favorite treats. If you really wanna get crazy...I make crepes with whatever non wheat flour I have on hand (my latest batch was flax meal) and top them with butter, raw honey, and whatever else looks good. I try to get local raw honey to help with allergies and the local economy. I've also dipped toasted walnuts in raw honey. I bet uncured plain bacon would even be good too.

Breakfast (or later day) smoothies Homemade energy bars (cocoa nibs, nuts, honey raw, coconut, etc) Big glob over top of some raw nuts (mostly a small handful of walnuts) as a snack at night. Mixed with a little cinnamon ceylon for sore throats/sicknesses Tea (that I let cool down a bit first)

"What do I do with another jar of honey raw?"

It's OK to own more than one jar of honey at a time!

Here is what to do with the jar of honey you already have so you will put it on your list to buy another jar of honey...
and another... and another and another...

  • Put honey in your tea - hot or cold - black, green, or white.
  • Put honey in your coffee in the morning.
  • Put honey on your ice cream at night.
  • Put honey in your chai.
  • Put honey on your toast, or on your cereal.
  • Make a trench in your cream cheese on the bagel and add honey.
  • Be Greek - put it in your plain yogurt.
  • Any time of the day or night.
  • Make a peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch.
  • If you use Crystal's All Natural honey raw, you won't have to eat over the kitchen sink, because this honey stays where you put it!
  • Mix Orange Blossom honey with room temperature sour cream and pout on sliced strawberries, bananas, or other fruit for a mysteriously delicious dessert, whipped cream optional.
  • Eat honey by the teaspoon out of the jar - it beats commercially produced corn syrup based candy, hands down. It satisfies instantly - ask your resident Pooh Bear!
  • Put out sliced apples, sliced cheddar cheese, walnuts and honey for an after school snack.
  • Mash an orange around on the table, cut a hole in one end, stab the knife around inside, being careful NOT to puncture the skin, pour in some Crystal's Cranberry or Crystal's Wildflower and hand it to your kid for an after school snack. They will suck all the juice out, and then eat it all except for the peel. Have one yourself. It's the Original Chewable Vitamin C!

Reasons to buy raw honey from Crystals and links to questions about honey

Wikipedia Facts on Honey
Nutrition Data
Sweet facts about honey raw
Honey Facts Raw versus Refined
Honey for beauty
Honey for skin benefits
Honey for your skin
Healing effects of honey
Honey for the skin
Many health benefits of of honey
The many health benefits of really raw honey
Honey as a dressing for wounds, burns and ulcers
The american journal of Clinical nutrition
Foundational Holistic Nutrition