Buckwheat honey comes from the nectar of the flowers of the common buckwheat plant.
Flavor: Malty, rich, pungent, strong molasses like earthy flavor
Color: Dark brown color
Buckwheat honey can be a substitute for molasses in baking or barbecue sauce. Studies have also shown buckwheat honey to be more effective than over-the-counter cough syrup for treating a cough. Buckwheat honey may be an an acquired taste for some people. Its either you like it or you don’t.
Buckwheat honey and dark honeys in general has been found to contain more antioxidant compounds then some lighter honeys. Antioxidants counter the toxic effects of free radicals that can lead to cancer, arthritis and cancer. Polyphenol, the antioxidants that are present in honey are one of the chemicals which give honey its color. Apart from antioxidants, darker honeys also tend to contain more vitamins and minerals.
Honey has been used since ancient times for its health benefits and is used as a sweetener and flavoring for foods and drinks. It is a healthy alternative to table sugar.
Take 1 or 2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey and mix it into your favorite tea!
Here are some buckwheat honey food & drink pairing ideas:
- With any strong cheese, especially blue cheeses
- Paired with grapefruit, is an excellent palate cleanser
- Drizzled over spicy chili
- As a substitute for maple syrup. Drizzle over crepes, pancakes or waffles
- When baking breads or traditional honey cake
- With greek yogurt
- In barbecue sauce
- In hot milk or soy milk
- In Elderflower tea
- In Chicory coffee
Some of the health benefits of honey include:
- Honey contains flavonoids; antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
- Honey helps with coughs, especially buckwheat honey.
- Honey helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they cause a spike your blood sugar levels.
- Honey’s anti-bacterial properties are good for the skin, and when combined with other ingredients can also be moisturizing and nourishing. For example, face mask.
- Honey’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties is said help with healing wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, and burns.
Do note that it is not recommended to feed raw honey to young children due to the chance that botulism may be present.
Links to recipes that uses buckwheat honey:
Short Ribs with Beer and Buckwheat Honey
Honey-Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta
Buckwheat Honey Glazed Lamb Shanks
Buckwheat Honey Roasted Chicken
Buckwheat Honey Ice Cream
Lemon Buckwheat Honey Cake
Smoked Paprika & Buckwheat Honey Chimichurri
Honey Barbecued Chicken Breasts