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Honey bears
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This syrupy nectar is as versatile as it is sweet. (Big bonus: It never spoils.) Clover honey is considered the standard, but there are many other varieties, each owing its distinctive flavor to a different source, such as alfalfa or lavender. Generally, lighter honeys are mild, while darker ones offer an intense, earthy punch and, some even claim, a cough remedy. Try these three easy recipes:

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Honey bears
Credit: Aaron Dyer

1 Chili, Cilantro, and Honey Relish

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Combine 4 jalapeños (stemmed, seeded, and chopped; or include some seeds for extra heat), ½ clove garlic (chopped), and ¾ teaspoon salt. Let sit for 10 minutes to soften. Stir in 2 tablespoons honey. Add ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro. Serve over roasted chicken or vegetables.

2 Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Lemon-Miso Honey

Whisk equal parts honey, white miso, lemon juice, and canola oil in a bowl. Toss sweet potato wedges with ⅔ of the glaze. Roast in the oven at 450° F until tender. Toss with the remaining glaze.

3 Honey, Manchego, and Salami Sandwiches

Mix equal parts honey and softened salted butter. Spread on a baguette and top with sliced salami and Manchego (or some other sharp cheese).