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Charleston Local Honey: Much More than Just a Sweet Treat

Charleston Local Honey: Much More than Just a Sweet Treat Honey is a natural sweetener that has been utilized by humankind for thousands of years. Before the introduction of cane sugar, honey was the primary sweetener of foods.  Today, despite the wide array of sweeteners available, honey remains one of the best and natural sweeteners. Besides adding a tantalizing zing to foods and beverages, honey functions as a healing and rejuvenating ingredient.  Today, with the bad rap refined sugar continues to endure, we consume more honey in the US than the hunter-gatherers from days gone by could imagine. Americans consume over 450 million pounds of honey. That's a lot of honey, considering one bee produces only about one half of a teaspoon during...

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Best Recipes to Make at Home with Local Charleston Honey

Honey is a pantry staple in almost every home across the country.  But for many, it sits unused for much of the year until a sore throat or cough develops.  Honey is one of the most versatile ingredients to use in recipes and as such, local raw honey is tremendously under-utilized on a day-to-day basis. Honey can add a natural sweetness to both sweet and savory recipes. Different honey varieties lend themselves to use in different ways, as honey’s flavor varies greatly from region to region based on the flora native to the region and the time of year.  In Charleston, the local raw honey has a vibrant, yet mild sweet flavor that lends itself to use in both savory...

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7 Remarkable Benefits of Bee Pollen

7 Remarkable Benefits of Bee Pollen When a worker bee is foraging for pollen, each time the bee lands on a flower, pollen sticks to the body and legs of the bee.  Honey bees then gather this pollen and compress is using their hind legs into formed pellets or granules.  These bee pollen granules are stored on the hind legs of the bee in corbiculae, or pollen baskets where the collected pollen is stored for the return flight to the hive. Bee pollen is a mixture of bee secretions, wax, enzymes, honey, flower nectar. The female worker bees transport this mixture back to the hive where it is stored in honeycomb cells. In order to collect bee pollen, beekeepers use a pollen...

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Why Should You Eat Local Honey?

Why Should You Eat Local Honey? You might have heard that local honey is good for you. Is it? The answer is yes! Local wildflower honey has a number of benefits, as long as it is raw, which means the honey has not been pasteurized.   Pasteurization generally destroys the nutritional value of honey, so it's best to avoid heating honey above 145 degrees.  So, what are the benefits of local honey? Antioxidants Raw honey contains traces of plant matter that contain valuable antioxidants that help protect your body from cell damage and encourage overall health. These include polyphenols, which support digestion, brain health, and help protect your heart. Treatment for a Sore Throat If you have a sore throat, whether...

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What's the deal with honey prices?

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while at an event or through a customer service email, we’ll hear, “Why is your honey so expensive?  I can get a plastic honey bear bottle at the grocery store for practically nothing!” The answer is simple: it’s real honey from domestic beekeepers that we know and trust.  With the rise in popularity of major food documentaries like Rotten on Netflix, customers are becoming more discerning in their food purchasing decisions, and the demand for authentic honey that can be traced back to the hive responsible for its production is increasing.  It’s a real turning point for the honey business where dishonesty and questionable sourcing and bottling practices have long ruled...

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