Monday, February 2, 2015

The cupboard cleaning continues

The cane syrup is gone. I've moved on to the Sysco honey. It looks remarkably dark, so dark in fact that the S.O. wondered what it was after I'd transferred some to a squeeze bottle, but it's really honey.

I have heard people claim that they can tell the difference in flavors with honey, that the honey from bees that have gorged themselves on one type of flower produce a honey that tastes different than bees that have indulged in others. I don't know. I've had commercially produced honey (the national brand names like Sue Bee) and honey from backyard hives and can't tell the difference. To me honey always just tastes like . . .honey. The Sysco "light amber" (which makes me wonder just how black "dark amber" would be) Grade A honey is no exception. It may be almost as dark as molasses, but it still tastes like honey.

I think I may have idiosyncratic taste buds, though, because when I went looking for the usual calorie comparison information the text said that although honey has more calories than sugar (23 per teaspoon opposed to 16) it's sweeter so you don't have to use as much. I've never found that to be true. To me honey isn't particularly sweet at all. It's not a bad taste, but it's also definitely not as sweet as either sugar or cane syrup.

The honey was a gift, too, an unopened jug that was among leftover supplies from a girls' camp in northern Wisconsin. I think I've mentioned before that an acquaintance works there as a maintenance person and ends up with a ton of various edibles every fall when they clear out anything and everything that might tempt raccoons or other varmints.


  1. Honey will taste different based on what flowers the bees get the nectar from. But my old taste buds can't tell the difference anymore.

  2. I paid a small fortune for some honey with exotic flavors and it tasted just like the honey from Texas..honey is honey..

  3. Oh, but you can tell the difference between honeys! Do you have any friends who keep bees? I have 2 hives here, but my honey so far is non specific...sometimes it really smells like lavender, but I have a lot of lavender plants. A very special treat here is Acacia blossoms....they are so fragrant. We make a very light batter and dip the flower clusters in it and deep fry them. Then you either sprinkle them with powdered sugar or drizzle acacia honey over them, The acacia honey is very fragrant and very common here. I also love chestnut has a very special texture, flavor and color. I have a few very good Italian friends who have served me very sharp pecorino cheese with chestnut honey....indescribable!

  4. Oh, my yes, honey tastes and looks different depending on the flowers. Canola honey which is produced in western Canada is white and mild. Buckwheat honey which is mostly what we get in Ukraine is dark and strong tasting. Greece produces more kinds of honey than I can name.


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