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Provencal Lavender Honey

Its Origins, Recipes and Honey Trivia.

 

Our honey is a pure monoflora made from the nectar of lavender, which gives it its delicate and distinctive flavour. It is naturally created the way nature intended from bee to hive and from hive to honey pot, it is not an infused honey.

It is runny in texture and a gentle opaque golden colour. The lavender flavour cuts through the intense sweetness of honey giving it a delicate floral background taste.

 

The Lavender honey is made by Bernard & Brigitte Voisin apicultures for 30 years.  Their beehives are in the heart of lavender country on the slopes of Mont Ventoux in Southern France. Mont Ventoux is the home to France’s finest lavender production used by the perfumers of Grasse. Mont Ventoux is situated in a natural and protected environment. The honey is harvested immediately after the lavender has finished flowering to ensure its purity.  Our lavender honey has been granted an appellation ‘Miel de Provence Indication Géographique Protégée (IPG)’ - Provencal Honey, Origin from a protected region.

 

Today, honey is appreciated as an unadulterated, natural product, less processed than any other sweetening agent, and with fewer calories.
Honey has also always been highly regarded as a medicine. It is thought to help everything from sore throats and digestive disorders to skin problems and hay fever.

 

 

 

Benefits of Honey

 

The benefits of honey go well beyond its taste.  It is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known to instantly boost performance, endurance, and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. Here are a few tip on how to use honey to boost your energy levels.

  • Next time before you go for a workout, take a spoon of honey to enable you to go for the extra mile.
  • If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, instead of lacing your tea or coffee with sugar try substituting it with honey instead.
  • If your kids are constantly tired of school sports and activities, prepare some sandwiches with honey, butter and ham to give them enough energy for the day. Kids don’t give a damn about the natural health benefits but they love the taste of it.

 

Have a listern to the honey bees collecting their pollen on the lavender plants on Mont Ventoux

 

 

 

 

 

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Honey used in Cooking

 

Contemporary chefs use honey in many of their dishes - from salad dressings to barbecues, stir fry’s, fusion food and delicious desserts.  Honey enriches and adds a subtle flavours to many savoury and sweet dishes.  When used in a marinade, honey will help tenderise meat and while it is cooking, the honey gives a distinctive barbecue flavour to food as it caramelises. 

 

Lavender Honey – some of our favourite uses

 

 

Chop up a banana and cover in natural yoghurt and top with a large dollop of Lavender Honey.

 

Spread on hot buttered toast - be as generous as you like.

 

Natural yoghurt is a healthy start, but can be turned into a real treat with a teaspoon of runny lavender honey.

 

Use lavender honey when making a smoothie - should keep you going until lunchtime.

 

Pick a spring of thyme and add to hot water with lavender honey and a slice of lemon.  A wonderful remedy if feeling under the weather.  A peeled and uncrushed clove of garlic can be added to for additional benefits. The same herbal drink can be made with both fresh rosemary or ginger.

 

At teatime, toasted crumpets and hot cross buns are sublime when combined with honey.

 

If you are making pancakes, try using honey instead of syrup or sugar for a natural alternative.

 

Using honey in your tea or coffee instead of sugar is a good idea - honey is sweeter than sugar so you need to use less, and it's lower in calories too.

 

When you need an instant boost to your energy levels, a teaspoon of honey has a great effect - tastes good too!

 

Add to porridge to supply central heating when the weather starts to cool.

 

Honey is great for keeping cakes and biscuits fresh and moist. It's also sweeter than sugar, so much less is needed to achieve the same results.

 

Adding lavender honey to salad dressings and sauces enhances the flavour and gives extra body.

 

Easter Time -  Enjoy your Hot Cross Buns with a lashing of Lavender Honey

 

 

 

 

 

Honey Trivia

 

  • - One bee would therefore have to fly around 90,000 miles - three times around the globe - to make one pound of honey.
  • - Worker bees are all female.
  • - A colony of bees consists of tens of thousands of worker bees, one queen and sometimes drones (male bees).
  • - The honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • - Honey has antiseptic properties and historically was often used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
  • - Honey lasts forever - or nearly. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!

 

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