Tasting Notes: Light amber color with a delicate yet buttery mouthfeel and sweet, cinnamon finish.
Our raw Alfalfa Honey comes to us from North Dakota, and it is our favorite for baking or use as an everyday sweetener! Visitors to our Saratoga Springs Tea Bar will recognize our Alfalfa honey as the sweetener in our locally acclaimed, fresh-squeezed Lemonade in the summer.
Alfalfa is a legume often grown as feed for cattle. Rich in mineral and vitamins like Vitamins K and C, we also use Alfalfa in some of our herbal blends, like Health Potion. Alfalfa has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its antioxidant effects, including anti-inflammatory properties.
Alfalfa honey is notorious amongst beekeepers and honey purveyors for being quick to crystallize. The great news is crystallization does not mean your honey is bad and there's an easy fix! You can simply put your jar of Alfalfa honey in a hot water bath (about 120 degrees F) and it will re-liquify. Or, you can whip up your crystallized honey in a blender to make a delicious spread! (Hint: If you're looking for a honey that rarely crystallizes, check out our Tupelo Honey!)
Due to its delicate sweetness, our raw Alfalfa Honey is an excellent complement to just about any tea, but we recommend using Alfalfa honey to sweeten lighter teas like white teas, green teas, and lightly oxidized oolongs.
Alfalfa honey is good for so much more than sweetening tea or lemonade! Learn more about how to substitute honey for sugar in baking on our blog. Or for recipes using Alfalfa honey, try:
Natural raw honey has the seemingly magical capability of spontaneously "setting" or crystallizing. Each honey will crystallize at a different rate based on the sugar and water composition. With its wonderful texture and more concentrated flavor, we recommend crystallized honey as a delicious spread over toast! If liquid honey suits you better, simply heat a warm water bath to 100 degrees and remove the pan from the heat. Submerge your jar with the cap removed and allow to stand 20-30 minutes. It will be ready to pour again! An uncertain amount of time will pass before the honey may need de-crystallization again, and then simply repeat these steps as needed.
The beautiful northern plains of North Dakota.
Health Benefits of Alfalfa Honey
Alfalfa Honey is known to help cardiovascular issues like arteriosclerosis in addition to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
Honey is a Hebrew word meaning enchant. Initially it was a culinary sweeter, and now is recognized worldwide as a healing ingredient in medicinal treatment.