Consumers are paying more attention to natural sweeteners, such as agave nectar, maple syrup and honey. Of these, honey offers huge potential. It drips with menu language gold, adds premium cues of local, artisanal and natural, and imbues dishes with deep, rich, nuanced sweetness. From a honey-harissa citrus glaze to a Tupelo honey-sweetened iced tea, look to this fantastic ingredient to sweeten your menu with an evocative sense of place.
- Tap into specific flavor cues by calling out a varietal, like wildflower, orange blossom or alfalfa honey
- Add honey in unexpectedly delightful ways: featured in a signature cocktail or smoothie, or drizzled over a spicy Buffalo chicken pizza or sriracha-glazed burger
The Buzz on Honey
55,000 miles = a pound of honey
The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just one pound of honey.
There are hundreds of unique kinds of honey in the United States, originating from such diverse floral sources as clover, eucalyptus and orangeCourtesy of the National Honey Board