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Acacia Honey

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Acacia Honey is considered among the best types of honey, many experts even call it the best honey you can buy. Having more than 300 varieties, each with its own distinctive colour, aroma, taste and benefits – this is quite a claim!

Acacia honey is produced from white (Rubinia Pseudoacacia) or yellow  (Garagana Arborescens) acacia tree. As yellow acacia is with light yellow colour, the one coming from white acacia is lighter, almost transparent.

Acacia starts blossoming in May and in order for the honey to achieve optimum taste requires a good year with several factors, to mention a few;

Favourable weather; Giving the bees the ability to collect nectar from the acacia trees. The bloom period for acacia is only 10-15 days, and this is in the beginning of the season when the bee colonies haven’t yet picked up momentum, and their strengthening requires a lot of care.

Moisture; Nectar secretion from acacia requires moisture, but if it rains too much the rain could wash away the nectar from the blossom. Sometimes during dry springs there may not be acacia honey yields for several consecutive years. Therefore rain is needed – but not too much! Also the spring tends to have cold spells followed by warm weather which could damage the blossoms.

Crystallisation, Taste and Appearance  

Acacia honey remains liquid for longer and crystallises much slower than other types of honey. This is mainly due to the higher fructose content. Its capacity to remain in a runny state for a long time, combined with the beautiful light colour gives it a great appearance.

Acacia honey has delicate flavour with hints of vanilla and mild sweet aftertaste. The unobtrusive taste makes acacia honey highly popular to mix with drinks and other culinary applications, as it can compliment a dish and not be too overpowering.

Acacia honey has low pollen content which makes it suitable for many allergy sufferers. The low sucrose content and high fructose in combination with delicate flavour makes acacia honey a better choice for those who might be sensitive to sugar.

Health Benefits of Acacia Honey

Similar to other varieties of raw honey, acacia provides a wide range of health benefits due to its high concentration of natural antioxidants. The main type being flavonoids, which is believed to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. Regular consumption of acacia honey has been proven to lower blood pressure and increase hemoglobin levels. Acacia honey purifies the liver. It acts as diuretic and antimicrobial agent. It is often defined, as a natural antibiotic. It is also a strong antiseptic, useful for both external and internal use to heal body sores, skin problems, as acne and eczema. It is known to treat eye issues like conjunctivitis and corneal abrasions. Acacia honey also improves the sleep, it has calming effect on the nervous system and stimulates brain activity.

The combination of appearance, taste and healing properties makes acacia honey the Queen Bee of all honey’s!

13 Health Benefits of Raw Honey

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In ancient times, honey was considered a prestige food, symbol of wealth, health and happiness and even an elixir of immortality. In our days we have almost forgotten about healing and preventive resources that the nature has given us. Often with even greater efficiency.

Find below the shortlist of honey benefits:

1. Honey is a natural source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Honey is intelligent food everything in its composition is well balanced.

2. Honey helps fat decomposition in the body. Honey acts as a fuel to make the liver produce glucose. This glucose keeps the brain sugar levels high and forces it to release fat burning hormones.

3. Honey supports the development of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Raw honey is an excellent prebiotic. It contains compounds called oligosaccharides which are not digestible in the small intestines, they reach the large intestine where the good bacteria utilise them to make nutrients that we can use.

4. Honey provides energy and reduces fatigue. The glucose in honey is easily absorbed by the body, quickly giving an immediate energy boost.

5. Honey helps to restore vision. Honey’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, combined with its soothing abilities, make it effective treatment for several eye conditions. Three teaspoons honey with carrot juice every day, gives an amazing effect.

6. Honey relieves sore throat. Honey is one of the best remedies for sore throat due to its natural antibacterial properties that allows it to act as wound  healer offering immediate pain relief while working to reduce inflammation.

7. Improves blood circulation. Honey contains antioxidant compounds that have been linked to lower blood pressure. Studies have shown modest reductions in blood pressure from consuming honey.

8. Honey is good prophylactic against cardiovascular diseases. Honey is a rich source of phenols and other antioxidants compounds. Many of these have been linked to reduce risk of heart disease. They also help arteries to dilate, increasing blood flow to the heart.

9. Honey relieves burns and promotes faster tissue repair. These effects are due to honey’s antibacterial action, secondary to its high acidity, osmotic effects, anti oxidant and hydrogen peroxide content.

10. Honey kills the bacteria causing acne. The anti-inflammatory properties in honey reduce the redness of acne. Its acidic property does not allow the bacteria to grow. Honey releases hydrogen peroxide, which is an antibiotic that can also remove bacteria and clear acne.

11. Honey helps with anxiety and improves memory.  Honey contains potent mix of antioxidants that protect your brain cells from inflammation, supports your mood, and improves blood flow to hippocampus – the area of the brain critical for your memory.

12. Honey lowers cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that consuming honey lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 6-11% and lowers triglyceride levels by as much as 11%. Honey may also increase HDL (good) cholesterol by about 3%.

13. Honey helps for better sleep. Honey helps your brain to release melatonin, the hormone that the body uses to restore itself during sleep. This happens through a series of transformations in the brain: Honey’s sugars spike your insulin levels, releasing tryptophan, which becomes serotonin which becomes melatonin. Melatonin acts on receptors in the body to encourage sleep.

This is the short list of honey benefits. Honey combined with other foods or used and an ingredient in other recipes, can be enormously helpful for our overall wellbeing.

5 Honey-Based Drinks To Boost Immunity

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Raw honey is a not only a food that tastes absolutely delicious, but can provide our bodies with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to strengthen our immune systems. It’s not just fat and cholesterol free, but studies have shown honey lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 6-11% and increase HDL(good cholesterol by about 3%. Raw honey also contains powerful antioxidants that are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, and boost the immunity.

With the ongoing pandemic and the winter feeling closer every day it has become all the more important for us to boost our immune system as much as we can.

Find below five easy honey based drinks that will boost your immune system:

Detox Honey Turmeric Tea: A perfect combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients.Turmeric is a very powerful liver cleansing spice hence it boosts immunity by improving liver function. The addition of ginger and honey doubles the anti-inflammatory results.

  • Recipe By NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 5 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp ginger, chopped

3 tsp honey

2 cups water

How to make

1 Take a bowl, add water and heat.

2 Bring it to simmer, add turmeric and ginger.

3 Keep boiling the water till reduces to half.

4 Stop the heat and add the honey to taste.

   Serve Hot.

Banana Honey Smoothie: A thick, slushy smoothie with the goodness of bananas, honey and pumpkin seeds

  • Recipe By NDTV
  • Food Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

400 ml. yogurt

2 Bananas

3 tsp honey

2 tsp pumpkin seeds

10 ml water

How to make

1 Put yogurt and bananas in a blender.

2 Add 3 tsp of honey, 2 tsp of pumpkin seeds, add dash of water

3 Give it a good whisk till smooth.

Garnish with pumpkin seeds and honey.

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea: Brew up an aromatic cuppa of tea spiced with ginger, sweetened with honey.

  • Chef NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings 3
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 15 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

3 Cups Water

1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped

1 tsp Tea leaves, for every cup

1 tsp Lemon juice

3 tsp Honey

How to Make

1 In a pan heat 3 cups of water.

2 Before it begins to boil add ginger.

3 Just as it starts to boil add the tea leaves and lemon juice.

4 Lastly add honey to taste, give it a swirl and serve

   Strain it into a cup and enjoy!

Granola Fruit Smoothie: A high-protein, wholesome smoothie that boasts of bananas, flaxseeds, honey, cinnamon and a delightful crunch of granola! The wonder combination of cinnamon and honey makes this drink a perfect immunity-boosting meal.

  • Chef Nitin Mathur
  • Restaurant Tiqri, Taj Santacruz
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Total Time 10 mins
  • Difficulty Level easy

Ingredients:

banana, sliced

1 medium apple

1/3 plain greek yogurt

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

3 tsp honey

1 tbsp flaxseed

1/2 cup granola

1/4 cup ice

How to make

1 Crush granola coarsely in the blender.

2 Add greek yogurt, soy milk, and honey to blends well.

3 Add rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

4 Granola smoothie is ready. Enjoy!

Kadha Chai Recipe: Kadha has been the quintessential solution to health in India since time immemorial. Here is a kadha chai recipe that you can prepare at home in no time.

  • Chef Jagdish Kumar
  • Restaurant NRI Chaiwala
  • Recipe Servings 2
  • Prep Time 2 mins
  • Cook Time 5 mins
  • Total Time 7 mins
  • Difficulty Level Easy

Ingredients:

2 tsp black tea leaves

2 cups water

Bay leaves

1/2 tbsp carom seeds

2 Black pepper

2 Cloves

Green cardamom

1 tbsp ginger, grated

1 inch turmeric root

1 tbsp lemon juice

 Honey to taste

How to Make

1 Take a pan and start heating water on high heat.

2 Once the water starts boiling, add the black tea leaves and all ingredients except lime juice and honey.

3 Keep it covered for a minute, strain the green tea into the tea cups and add lime juice.

4 Lastly add honey to taste, give it a swirl and serve.

5  Enjoy!

Note that honey should never be cooked or boiled as it may lose some of it’s vital properties. Always add the honey at the end in hot beverages like tea.