Honey is known for its countless health and medicinal benefits, so we’re pleased to partner with Precious Trading Co. in bringing you their two types of raw honey: Mellifera honey (dark and semi-dark) and stingless bee honey.
The honey produced by Apis mellifera is considered one of the oldest traditional medicines used in treating various diseases due to its significant antibacterial effects and nutritional value. It’s also a great alternative to processed sugar. Fun fact: there are only 86 calories in one ounce of honey while there are 110 calories in an ounce of granulated white sugar.
One of the coolest things about Precious Trading Co’s honey is that no two harvests are alike. One of the batches we had in stock was harvested in April and it was one of the darkest in the bunch. There’s also a list on the bottle of the surrounding fruit trees in the area that the bees foraged on, so you can taste traces of these in the product.
Making a honey-balsamic vinegar reduction is quite easy: Place ¼ cup balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer until the volume of the mixture is reduced to half (this should take 10 - 15 minutes). Done! You can now use the mixture as salad dressing or drizzle some on your cheese plate.
In general, stingless bee honey is reported to have high levels of vitamins and minerals. Findings from an extensive honey study, published BioMed Research International Volume 2014, found that honey produced by stingless bees from some regions in Malaysia contained exceptionally high levels of potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Stingless bee honey is slightly sour, so you can just add a tablespoon to a glass of warm water and it will taste like honey lemon water (good for coughs and throat irritations). Or you can drizzle some on top of ice cream if you’re looking for a sweet-sour combination.