I happened to attend what was the first honey tasting event in Doha by Asala Honey. Asala honey has brought to Doha the purest of honeys from different parts of the world. Read all the way to the end to find out where you can get your hands on all the delicious honey.
I went with a lot of questions, and came back with everything answered, and much more info about honey than I can imagine.
“What does real honey look like?” It could look like anywhere from clear to really dark brown. It can also have crystallized formation which isn’t a sign of added sugar. It really is honey, and will lose its solid form once you keep the bottle in which the honey is stored in water around 35 degrees celsius.
“How can I store it without spoiling it?” Honey is best preserved by storing it in a glass container. You have to keep it away from direct sunlight, and moisture.
“How long will pure honey last?” Raw and pure honey can last even for a hundred years and not get spoilt if preserved well.
“Without additives?” I ask again. Yes without additives. IT can last that long!
Yemeni honey is considered to be one of the finest in the world due to its values, and the way it is harvested in.
There was the limited edition wild mountain white honey which was as white as honey can be. The taste obviously is now a mere memory in my head as of course all honeys I tasted were all quite similar, and yet different in its own way. This honey is of outstanding medicinal value as the bees collect it from more than 70 types of scarce wild mountain flowers and grasses that grow only in winter. Some of these flowers and grasses grow for a limited time which may exceed not more than 24 days in a year at the peak of high mountains in the western regions of Yemen at a height of more than 3,500 metres above sea level where the environment and soil are clean and pollution free.
The others from Yemen which you can find at the store includes a limited Wild Moutain Almond honey, Wild moutain Sidr honey of Aussaiamat, Wild mountain sidr honey of Doan, Wild mountain Sidr honey of Jardan, Wild Sidr honey of Doan, Wild Somar honey of Doan, Wild Flowers Honey, and Wild Sal Flowers Honey.
Heard of Medicinal Honey? Manuka honey from New Zealand is one of the best in the world due to its medical uses and health benefits. You can get your hands on them as well if you visit the store.
And, then there was French Honey!
Established in 1890, honey has been the life-blood of the Perronneau family from France for over 120 years. Those that know honey know that every vintage has its own unique flavor characteristics, texture, color and flavor. Its texture can range from liquid to creamy to crystalline. Its flavor can range from fragrantly floral to spicy and savory, depending on the pollen variety, the weather, the year and when exactly the nectar is collected.
And the color can also range from perfectly white to clear to dark, amber brown. Additionally, even a specific mono-floral honey can change depending on the year and when during the season the pollen was collected.
Honey temperature must never exceed 35 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature inside a bee hive. Controlling the temperature helps ensure that the honey will maintain its efficacy and health qualities.
That is why you only want to eat “raw” honey, why you never want to liquefy your honey in the microwave (only in a hot water bath), and why that stuff in the squeezable bear is always liquid and doesn’t taste like much – nor will it do much for you or your palette.
The French Honey flavors we tried included the chestnut honey which had a bitter after taste, eucalyptus honey which was good to treat the sinuses, Linden tree honey which was good for sore throats, and cough, Acacia honey, Lavender honey, Orange honey, rosemary honey, mint honey, coriander honey, almond honey, thyme honey, and avocado honey to name a few. All these were naturally collected and came in a glass jar with absolutely no additives.
Curious to find where you can buy all this amazing honey from? Gold Gourmet at La Croisette 1 at The Pearl, and Gold Gourmet at The Gulf Mall stocks them. Are you a honey lover? Whats your favorite kind of honey?