Review: Honey Lady Honeys
Who is the Honey Lady?
Not the scantily clad hourglass model you encounter when you type ‘honey lady‘ on Google search. That is a different lady. The lady we are talking about is less risqué and sweeter to our taste buds. Silvia Hart is aka the Honey Lady.
Silva resides in a small country town of Willunga, one of South Australia’s earliest town. Out of her little country shed is this bee keeper’s collection of bee hives and medical spice crusher. And it is also where she produces the most natural honeys. Raw and unfiltered. Honey Lady’s honeys come straight from the hive retaining all its nutritional and antioxidant properties.
Last week, I went for a honey tasting. The wide honey selection can be broadly grouped into three main categories: traditional tea & toast honeys, herb & spice blended honeys and therapeutic honeys.
|Range of Honey Lady honeys available in Singapore. From left to right: Orange Blossom, Blue Gum, Bush, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, Chai, Ginger, Liquorice, Winter Green, Turmeric, Ginger & Clove.|
Characteristically the most demure of the range, Orange Blossom is a seasonal honey. It is light, sweet with a slight hint of country citrus flavor. A great starting point to honey tasting.
♥ my fav
The most popular of Australian honeys, Blue Gum is also a seasonal honey. It is often used as a sugar substitute for coffee and tea. Smooth, sweet with a slight hint of eucalyptus. A definite winner to delight most palates.
♥ my fav
This is the heaviest bodied honey in this category. Its rich earthy flavor develops a slight hint of sweet bitterness in its aftertaste. The strong character of this honey mirrors the changing landscape of the Australian bush. Great for baking and spread on toast.
This blend of honey uses only whole, fair trade and non-alcohol dipped vanilla beans. Strong and decadent. This honey can easily be used as a vanilla essence substitute in baking cakes and other vanilla-based desserts. Perfect for use on baked apples, ice-cream and even yogurt.
A definite favorite for cinnamon lovers! This heady full-bodied honey is made from organic cinnamon. Perfectly delicious on toast and bagels. Again, I believe this honey can be a great substitute for ground cinnamon in baking cinnamon breads, apples, rolls and buns.
Using all organic and fair trade cinnamon, ginger, star anise, nutmeg and clove, plus organic cardamon, this is a spicy honey with a robust kick. Blend this honey with black tea and milk to get a full-bodied Chai tea. This honey is also a great addition for baking.
Probably the most subtle honey in this category, the Ginger honey is made from ground organic, sun-dried and fair trade ginger. Sweet with a hint of ginger spice.
If you are a fan of Liquorice, do not miss out on this honey! Unfortunately, I am not a fan of liquorice. It taste EXACTLY like thick, liquified liquorice candy.
For lack of a better name, this honey blend of herbs and spices is formulated to soothe coughs and colds. Made from organic thyme, organic liquorice root, organic rosehips, organic peppermint, organic and fair trade cinnamon and organic and fair trade star anise, this honey taste like what I can best describe as ‘liquid lozenges’. As a marinade, this honey is divine!
Made from fresh, organic and sun-dried tumeric, this honey gives off a beautiful bright yellow color. Turmeric has a wealth of health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties aid in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As a natural liver detoxifier, turmeric slows the progression of Alzhemier’s disease, and possibly, pancreatic cancer. Chinese traditional medicine also uses turmeric to treat depression. While I am not a turmeric fan, I found this sweet honey quite tasty with lots of potential as an addition to fresh salad dressing.
♥ my fav
Best described as ‘Christmas in a Jar‘. The subtle gingery flavor coupled with a spicy bite of clove, makes this honey the perfect remedy for soothing sore throats. It also goes well as a pork chop marinade.
In the end, my personal favorites are Orange Blossom, Blue Gum and Turmeric.
The good news is Honey Lady is in town! Distributed by an Australian couple, Katie and Nick Rankine, Honey Lady’s range of honey are now readily available in Singapore.
Price ranging from $15 to $19 a jar, these babies (200ml honey jars) do not come cheap when compared to the commercial squeeze-bottle processed and filtered honey. Then again, who wants to buy honey with no active enzymes? Sugar syrup would be a cheaper alternative. In the case of honey, you really do get what you pay for.
For honey pricing and purchase, go to Revival Health & Fitness Facebook Fan Page and leave a message. Alternatively, you can email Katie and Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
And, don’t be surprised to see them at your next The Pantry Farmer’s Market visit!
This product was listed as one of Kat’s Best Products Reviewed for 2012.