30 Ways To Eat Honey Because Honey Is Delicious

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The best honey in the world comes from this one roadside honey stand in PEI that works on the honour system (spelled with a “u” because Canada). It tastes like fresh ocean sunshine. It tastes like happiness. Other honey is okay too I guess.

There are hundreds of varieties of honey, with hundreds of differences in flavor, aroma and color according to which flowers the bees were near. Very broadly, the darker the honey the heavier the flavor. Buckwheat honey, which can be dark to the point of being opaque, is intensely malty and molasses-y. Clover honey, which is what most people think of when they think of honey, is very light and clear and tastes like inoffensive flowers. Orange blossom honey, another common grocery store variety depending on where you are, is a light amber with citrus notes. Lavender honey is medium amber and smells like lavender. Fireweed honey is light in color, delicate and tastes just a little like tea. The best way to figure out what types of honey you like is to try them — farmer’s markets sometimes sell tiny amounts of honey in what look like sealed straws — but if you can find the relevant flowers to smell they’ll also give you a rough idea.

The best honey to buy is local, since grocery store honey is sometimes sweetened with additives. (Though it varies according to variety, temperature, whatever, broadly, real honey is thicker, has a scent, does not dissolve in water, does not stain white fabric and contains bits of pollen or wax. In the store, you can tell because it’s probably more expensive, or the store you’re at is organic-y or really a farmer’s market.) Personally I look at what I want to use the honey for and then decide how much I care. Baking? Maybe it’s okay if it’s cut with some other type of sugar. Straight up in my tea or a more delicate situation where I’m really going to taste it? Bougie raw honey with pollen, wax and bee parts please. Anything else, like for most of the honey recipes below? Somewhere in the middle. At least the good stuff has a forever shelf life as long as it stays sealed and moisture-free because bees are magic.


1. Ricotta and Honey Sandwich

via Saveur

via Saveur

The best way to eat honey is with a spoon. The second best way to eat honey is on good bread. The third best way to eat honey is on good bread, with additional ingredients. This is the third best way to eat honey.


2. Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini-Honey Dressing

via sproutedkitchen

via sproutedkitchen

Every other way to eat honey is okay too I guess.


3. Winter Salad with Warm Cranberry Honey Dressing

via boulderlocavore

via boulderlocavore


4. Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

via food52

via food52


5. Sesame Honey Snap Pea Salad

via heatherchristo

via heatherchristo


6. Honey-Soy-Glazed Vegetables with Crispy Mushrooms

via foodandwine

via foodandwine


7. Grilled Artichoke, Smoked Trout and Charred Green Onion Salad with Chive Honey Vinaigrette

via heatherchristo

via heatherchristo


8. Spicy Salmon Bibimbap/Korean Rice Bowl

via ladyandpups

via ladyandpups


9. Honey Garlic Salmon

via rasamalaysia

via rasamalaysia


10. Honey Mustard Glazed Baked Chicken

via delish

via delish


11. Blood Orange Honey Ginger Glazed Pork Tacos

via heatherchristo

via heatherchristo


12. Nut and Honey Coconut Granola

via minimalistbaker

via minimalistbaker


13. Honey- and Mustard-Roasted Cashews

via joythebaker

via joythebaker


14. Sriracha Honey Popcorn Clusters

via heatherchristo

via heatherchristo


15. Fried Goat Cheese with Honey and Black Pepper

food52

food52


16. Challah

via food52

via food52


17. Hirsheimer’s Hot And Sweet Mustard

via bonappetit

via bonappetit


18. Spicy Honey-Glazed Parsnips

via bonappetit

via bonappetit


19. Honey Roasted Pears

via sproutedkitchen

via sproutedkitchen


20. Rice Pudding with Fresh Pears and Honey

via bonappetit

via bonappetit


21. Fig and Blue Cheese Tart with Honey, Balsamic and Rosemary

via food52

via food52


22. Honeyed Yogurt and Blueberry Tart with Ginger Crust

via foodandwine

via foodandwine


23. Yak Kwa (Ginger Cookies Dipped in Honey)

via saveur

via saveur


24. Baklava

via foodnetwork

via foodnetwork


25. Salty Honey Pie

via joythebaker

via joythebaker


26. Imploding Honey Custard Cake

via ladyandpups

via ladyandpups


27. Honey Earl Grey Fig Cake

via thelittleepicurean

via thelittleepicurean


28. Russian Honey Cake

via smittenkitchen

via smittenkitchen


29. Lemon Honey Beehive Cake

via blahnikbaker

via blahnikbaker


30. Turmeric and Ginger Honeycomb Ice Cream

via abrowntable

via abrowntable

Carolyn Yates was formerly the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com. Her writing has appeared in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, Xtra!, Jezebel, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles by way of Montreal and Toronto. Find her on twitter or instagram.

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11 Comments

  1. YUM.
    Is this a good time to share my honey facts that I learned last month? Online sources were claiming that the FDA says honey without pollen isn’t really honey. So, being the nerd I am, I went to the FDA’s website and read the FDA regulatory guidelines on honey, and it said nothing of the sort. Honey doesn’t need to have pollen in it to be considered real honey. Also, scientists can’t agree on whether or not eating local honey helps with allergies. I like to think eating honey most days is why I didn’t get sick all summer, but that’s probably not why.

    I appreciate your honey appreciation.

  2. Honey is magical medicine! Local as you can get, raw, unpasteurized. Infuse it with herbs or spices for additional yumminess. My favorite is rose-hibiscus infused honey.

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