With Spring in full bloom, I found it fitting to feature a gourmet honey often described as “the champagne of honey.” It’s a honey so rare and original that I imagine Pooh Bear would go mentally insane if he couldn’t get his hands on it.
Fireweed is a vivid purplish-red wildflower grown throughout the American Northwest. It got its name from being the first plant to appear in wide-open areas left behind by forest fires. Golden, velvety and oh-so-slightly smokey, this honey symbolizes the magnificence and renewal of Mother Nature herself. While Smokey the Bear runs a killer campaign on forest fire prevention, he should take the time to hibernate so this honey can continue to go into production.
Brand: Moon Shine Trading Company
Origin: Woodland, California
Nutrition: carbohydrates • fructose • low in fat, fiber, and protein
Benefits: strengthens the immune system • soothes the upper respiratory tract • fights against blisters, boils, and other skin problems • has antibacterial and antiviral properties
Ingredients: pure, raw honey
Replaces: other sweeteners
Where: Fireweed is most prominent in the American Northwest, you’ll likely find it in specialty shops in California or Washington.
Online: Amazon • Zingermans
Other Products: Hawaiian Lehua • Black Button Sage • Eucalyptus
Storage: Keep in a cool location away from direct sunlight in a tightly sealed container; room temperature is ideal. If your honey crystallizes, re-liquify it by placing the jar in a pan of hot water and stir while gently it heats.
Taste & Texture: lightly sweet • floral • fruity • smooth • buttery • hint of spice
Suggested Uses: use in scrubs and creams for the skin • sweeten oatmeal, tea, coffee, and cocktails • drizzle on cheese, yogurt, toast, ice cream, and popcorn • add to baked goods, substituting 3/4 cup honey for 1 cup sugar
Salted Honey Pie (via David Lebovitz)
Honey Biscuits (via Serious Eats)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Glaze (via Bon Appetit)
Honey Chicken (via NY Times Cooking)
Due to environmental factors, the production of Fireweed Honey is not always guaranteed to be in stock. It’s a rare product so get it whenever available!
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