Tasting Local Honey
By Kathryn Drury Wagner
Like wine, honey tastes of the land it comes from; the flavors are affected by which plant pollen the bees were collecting. The nuances between the different kinds of honey are worth exploring—think beyond tea and toast and try these on bread with cheese, drizzled onto a fruit salad or as a glaze for vegetables.
Ohia Lehua Blossom honey from The Big Island Bee Co. is certified 100 percent organic and has a light flavor. It’s also raw, so it hasn’t been heated, filtered or blended. $7.49 at Umeke Market, 1001 Bishop St., 522-7377, or visit www.bigislandbees.com.
The Hawaiian Queen Co., also on the Big Island, produces the Royal Hawaiian Honey Organic Christmas Berry. It has a slightly greenish hue and is rich in antioxidants. $12.59 at Down to Earth, 2525 S. King St., 947-7678, or order at www.tropicaltradersfoods.com.
Michael Kliks’ Manoa Honey Co. offers an Ohia Lehua, gathered by wild bees on Oahu. “Haagen-Dazs bought 60,000 pounds of that honey from us for their reserve ice cream line, ‘Hawaiian Lehua Honey and Sweet Cream.’ They swirled it in, they didn’t melt it.” The honey is $10 at The Compleat Kitchen, Ala Moana, or Visit www.hawaiibeekeepers.org for more information on the Manoa Honey Co.
Rhea’s Hawaiian Honey, owned by Rhea McWilliams and his wife, includes this Mac Nut, Olomana Blend. Boasting organic cinnamon, this honey has a full body and is just begging for a slice of toast. The Enchanted Lakes Multifloral Kailua is a true syrup, perfect for drizzling. $7 and $5, respectively, at the KCC Farmers’ Market.