Honey is a sweet liquid made by bees using the nectar from flowers. It is graded by color, with the clear, golden amber honey often fetching a higher retail price than the darker varieties. The flavor of a particular type will vary based on the types of flower from which the nectar was harvested. Both raw and pasteurized forms of honey are available. Raw honey is removed from the hive and bottled directly, and as such will contain trace amounts of yeast, wax, and pollen. Consuming the local raw variety is believed to help with seasonal allergies, due to repeated exposure to the pollen in the area. The pasteurized form however has been heated and processed to remove impurities.
Honey has high levels of monosaccharides, fructose, and glucose, and it contains about 70 to 80 percent sugar, which provides its sweetness. It also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Modern medical science has managed to find uses for it in chronic wound management and combating infection.
In Hinduism, honey (Madhu) is one of the five elixirs of life (Panchamrita). In temples, it is poured over the deities in a ritual called Madhu abhisheka. The Vedas and other ancient literature mention the use of honey as a great medicinal and health food.
With such an extensive value system, like being linked to wound healing properties and antibacterial action or being a possible healthier option against sugar in meals, providing excess moisture to a dish, honey is a superfood of sorts. We have quite a few organic varieties listed with us at Saansmart. Do look us up to pick up the one you fancy and perfect for drizzling on your morning smoothie or in your tea.
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