Monday, May 5, 2008

Bit o' Honey

Your sweet tooth has become a bit of a snob lately. Boxed cake has been traded for gourmet cupcakes. Where Hershey’s once passed as comfort food, now only Valrhona confections will do. And packet sweeteners? No more imitations. You need the real thing.

Artemis Smiles’ hand-harvested, hand-extracted honey is one sweet that’s never processed, heated or filtered, preserving flavor as well as healing propolis and antioxidants. Owner Alison Yahna’s well-nourished bees feed throughout the year on one type of flower, producing rare, single-blossom honey full of the wild taste and smells of the Mauna Loa slopes where the hives are kept.

www.leichic.comAmazingly clear tropical clover honey sourced from sea-sprayed Ka Lae pastures is available now through June, prized white Lehua honey from Ka‘u forest reserve ‘ohia trees will be available in May, and bright golden Christmas Berry honey from lowland scrub forest appears in August. Yahna also cures divine chili pepper honey, great for marinades and dressings, or to toss with edamame.

Honey is shipped in plastic half-pound, one- and two-pound sizes, but Yahna recommends transfer to glass jars. And when ordering, mention Lei Chic to receive a just-for-you 15 percent discount.

It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.

Available on the Big Island at the Na‘alehu Wednesday and Saturday Markets, and online at

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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