Honey tastes sweet and has many health benefits. Many minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants are found in honey. Honey includes the minerals magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, iodine, zinc, and phosphate. Vitamins A (carotenes), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinic acid), B5 (pantothenic acid), C (ascorbic acid), and H (biotin) are in honey. Honey also includes antioxidants help the body reduce the effects of cellular damage and chronic diseases. Honey has been helpful in treating infected surgical wounds, burns and ulcers.
Gourmets are finding many ways to include honey into their menus. Drizzle honey on cheese or fish or vegetables. Some artisanal honey pairings include:
- Blue cheese and honey
- Extra-sharp cheddar and honey
- Goat cheese and honey
- Salmon in a honey marinade
- Lamb chops in a honey marinade
- Roasted eggplant and honey
Honey Chicken - using an average size chicken and a 13 x 9 pan - pre-heat the oven to 350 Degrees F. Add in ¼ cup of Soy Oil and a ½ cup of Local Honey (try and cover the chicken and place a few tablespoons of each in the cavity of the chicken) Add 2 or 3 Yams or Potatoes a bunch of Grapes and stuff 4-6 carrots in the cavity add a ½ cup of water so the veggies don't burn and bake for an hour and a half. Drizzle another ¼ cup of honey on after baking and serve.
Try my Roasted Eggplant recipe. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss eggplants (2 regular eggplants, cut into 2-inch cubes) with 1/4 cup honey and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Roast eggplants on a rimmed baking sheet until eggplant is golden, about 20 minutes (stir once every 5 to 7 minutes) until eggplant softens. Season the eggplant with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Many spa treatments use honey for its antioxidant properties. Try a Honey Mask by mixing 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse.
Long Islanders can purchase local honey by contacting me (Craig Byer) at 631-864-6900