I love honey.
It’s my go to food to feel better when I am feeling stressed. I tend to buy ‘proper honey’. By this I mean honey from my local Greek or Turkish shop that doesn’t have any rubbish thrown in, or honeycomb that just melts in your mouth. But for baking that can get rather expensive so I am very pleased to have discovered a great range of honeys from The New Zealand Honey Company.
I was given this Antioxidant Thyme Honey to try and now I am hooked – not least because I love honey but because I have also discovered the herb thyme only in these last few years.
It comes from a single species of thyme that grows wild in the remote and rugged Central Otago Mountains of New Zealand’s South Island. It was brought to New Zealand by the Chinese – miners in fact who had come to take advantage of the Gold Rush in the 18th century. During the Spring, the sides of the mountains are abundant with purple thyme flowers. This is when this unique honey is produced by the bees nurtured by The New Zealand Honey Company. It is therefore seasonal and available around December time though of course in this day and age of supermarkets, you will find it in Waitrose and Holland and Barratt while stocks last.
The taste is quite herby and some would say pungent almost because it’s not just the sweet taste you link honey too. There is an underlying flavour which works really well with cheese and crackers but equally well on toast or crumpets with some fresh thyme. I use it in Bircher Muesli too so I would say I soak up the antioxidant properties about 3 times a week.
Are you a fan of honey? Have you experimented with different flavours?