Sweet, golden and oh so versatile...
Honey has been collected and used for thousands of years and its magical properties are well documented.
This golden nectar has antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant qualities as well as many health benefits and, at this time of year, it’s a jar full of marvellousness which strengthens the immune system and keeps coughs and colds at bay.
It is little wonder the ancient Egyptians gave it as a gift to the gods. And for foodies, its uses in the kitchen are limitless. Honey-baked carrots, honey chicken, honey glazed ham. Speaking of the gods, honey and mustard is quite simply a match made in heaven. Not to mention, how it transforms puddings and desserts into angel cakes.
To make sure you reap the benefits from Mother Nature’s gem, you need to go for the good stuff. Haughton’s Honey based in Cheshire produce English wildflower honey with traces of dandelion, hawthorn, chestnut, lime and blackberry.
Their raw honey comes straight from the hive, is cold extracted and never pasteurised which means it retains all the natural enzymes and proteins. It also still retains all of the wonderful pollen. During the winter months it’s a taste of spring and summer in a jar.
English Wildflower Honey from £5.95 haughtonhoney.com
If honey sweetens your appetite for some culinary creativity, try this delicious recipe for Honey Roast Duck Breast, from Adam Reid, of The French.