For centuries, people have enjoyed honey as a sweet treat and a wonderful addition to many foods. In the past, it was used to enhance foods, fight infection and to even make mead, an alcoholic drink. HHoney has come a long way, and more and more types of food and beverage products now have a version with honey added. Whether it’s used in whiskey or infused with chiles to make a spicy condiment, honey serves up flexibility and health benefits that make it highly appealing.
Product innovation in the realm of honey does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. Minnesota-based Turkey Hill Apiary has created barrel-aged honey that has a unique and different flavor from the process. Beehive Brae honey beer has achieved a major distribution deal with Aldi to bring the beverage to more than 67 stores in Scotland. On the health side of things, some hail manuka honey, harvested in New Zealand and Australia, as the next big superfood because of its health benefits and healing properties. These are just a few examples of the always-evolving world of honey.
Bringing a range of flavor and function options to the table, honey provides tasty, natural solutions. It is worth noting that if we want the innovation to continue with this sweet nectar, a lot of the conversation concerns taking steps to protect the bees themselves. In recent years, the bee population has been reduced, which many attribute to climate change and man-made chemicals.
Like the flavor of honey? Try some of our Food Channel original recipes at the links below.