Clover and orange blossoms, even cactus and bamboo—the source of the nectar from which bees make honey is what determines
its flavor, and there are more than 300 varieties in the United States alone.
How to Choose Honey
Honey ranges in color from almost white to dark brown; generally, the darker the color, the stronger the taste. Unless otherwise indicated, most commercially produced honeys are blends from different plant sources.
How to Store Honey
Store tightly sealed in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
How to Prepare Honey
If honey crystallizes, heat the bottle briefly in a pot of shallow hot water—or in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds with the top off. When measuring honey, spray the spoon or cup with cooking spray to avoid sticking.
How to Use Honey
Honey tends to be sweeter than sugar, so when substituting, use about 25 percent less honey. It should not be fed to children under a year old, who are at risk for infant botulism.
Real Simple Real Simple Honey Recipes Recipes:
- Tangy Honey Barbecue Sauce
- Roasted Leg of Lamb With Carrots and Honey-Mint Sauce
- Baby-Back Ribs With Honey-Mustard Glaze
- Citrus Salad With Honey and Mint
- Honey-Soaked Feta
Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.
Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.