Turmeric? In Your Honey??
Updated: Jun 17, 2021
Ok ok, so let me just be transparent for a second. I am from the South, grew up on traditional southern dishes. I didn't even KNOW about turmeric until I was already grown. It just wasn't part of spice cabinet, but man ....when I tell you I was missing out!?!?
Ok so lets start with the taste (because we all know that's the best part!).
Turmeric is a spice that has been traditionally used in Indian foods and medicines for nearly 4000 years. It is a root spice that has a similar appearance to ginger. Turmeric on its own has a sort of bitter, earthy taste to it, with the raw root being less bitter and having a hint of citrus, and the dry, powder form being a little more bitter with little to no citrus. It can be found as the standout profile in dishes like curries and stews, but is also often paired with sweeter spices and flavors to help balance out the taste.
Now, I'm going to assume that if you are here on this page, you are a lover and connoisseur of Thomas Honey....and if you're not....welcome to our cult. Just kidding, we're not a cult *wink wink*!!
Ok, ok, I'm serious now... prepare yourself because your taste buds are about to get a lesson in deliciousness! We mix our Turmeric with Gallberry Honey, which is foraged by our sweet little bees from the gallberry bush - an evergreen holly. Gallberry is naturally low in sucrose and has a very mild sorghum or molasses flavor. When you mix the two.... *chefs kiss* ... pure magic.
But the flavor isn't even the best part (if you can believe that). The health benefits for Turmeric Honey are truly out of this world. Now, we're not doctors, that's true! We are but humble tenders of bees... but thousands of years of natural healing practices can not be ignored. Turmeric Honey also goes by the name of "Golden Honey" due to its bright gold color. A simple Google search can turn up endless testimonies, articles, and fact sheets regarding the benefits of this powerhouse combo. Between these two simple ingredients, the list of health benefits includes (but is not limited to):
Cold and Cough remedy
Reduced heartburn and/or upset stomach
Promotes the body's natural defenses
Strengthens the nervous system
Great source of beta-carotene
Contains a number of vitamins and minerals naturally
Can help with maintaining blood sugar (GI index of 58)
Additionally, Tumeric Honey has been used in and studied in topical application in both animal and human wounds for eons, and has been found to both reduce wound size and decrease healing time!
Yeah, but what do I DO with it???
That may be the easiest part to tell...it's up to you!! Now I wouldn't suggest slathering yourself in our Turmeric Honey and heading into town, even though it is that good. Number 1 - that's gonna be a sticky mess, and number 2 - you might get some funny looks. (You would be delicious though, so I guess, maybe it's worth being the town nut job! LOL)
This is one of the blended honey's we've had around longer, and it's a huge hit. I'll be using my old bottle from last year so the container looks a little different (make sure to check out the beautiful new packaging on the Kae's Honey line).
As with all of the Kae's Line honey, the Turmeric Honey is a blended honey. That means we don't use any additional heat to get the delicious taste, and we get to keep all of the amazing properties of raw honey. That also means, you can store it in your pantry for forever. How you use it in your recipe will obviously determine the benefits of raw honey, but to quote Guy Fieri - it's still gonna be a trip to Flavor Town.
Here are some things you can do with this magical little combo:
Add a little spoonful (or a big one if that's your jam) into your coffee or hot tea in the mornings for a dose of natural defense.
Add it into your smoothie with some fresh squeezed citrus and some cinnamon to make a mega immunity booster.
Mix it into some olive oil with a little black or red pepper, some citrus juice, and some smoked paprika for a killer salad dressing.
But it's not just for drinks and dressings...
Slather it on that grilled chicken or pork you cooked for dinner
Toss or drizzle a sheet pan of fresh veggies (try brussel sprouts, trust us, you won't be sorry) and pop in the oven or on the grill.
....or just eat it on its own...a delicious spoonful of health! The possibilities are endless!!
However, I must do my duty as your trainer in the ways of honey and say, as with all of our products, honey is a natural sugar. If you are using it to cook with, its best to either add it at the end of the process, or to keep a close eye on your dish to make sure it doesn't burn!
Here are a few options you could try out, with just simple spices from your cabinet or items in your refrigerator, no heat required.
1) Turmeric Savory Spice Dressing
For single serving, just mix about 2 tablespoons of Turmeric Honey with 1/4 teaspoon each of Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Mustard Powder, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Salt and Pepper. Add in some Olive Oil and a splash of the acid of your choice ( I would recommend something citrus like lemon or orange). Shake like crazy then pour over your salad.
2) Turmeric Honey Sweet Spice Dressing
This one I would use for dipping fruit, or maybe place on a charcuterie board, or add to my morning drink of choice!
For a single serving take two tablespoons of Turmeric Honey and mix in 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and cinnamon. Then add a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice! Easy Peasy!!
3) Turmeric Chai Latte
Full disclosure, there's just something about a latte made by a barista. Brew Five Points in Jax was the inaugural coffee friend who made this latte with Turmeric Honey for us, and you can make your own version with an espresso machine and a bag of chai tea. A few places around town use our honey, but one in particular has gotten on the chai train in Lake City. You can get a dirty chai with turmeric honey at Daily Cup of Joe and as our friend Kara says, "It will change your life!"
This one is a sweet favorite for a healthier breakfast option. Grab some fresh fruit (berries, berries, berries!), Greek yogurt, granola, and drizzle this golden goodness generously over the top. The flavor combination here will seriously wow you, and gives a little extra to a breakfast on the go or a leisurely summer snack to savor.
Let us know your favorite recipes. We love to hear how you're using Thomas Honey and Kae's Blended Honey's to make your dish the one that everyone wants!!