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Saratoga Tea & Honey

Italian Black Forest

$ 20.00

Tasting Notes: Rich, warm chestnut color with sweet, woody flavors of date and light molasses.

Our latest Italian Black Forest is a rich and warm burnt umber colored honey with notes of sweet date and a pleasing acidity that pairs especially well with soft cheeses. This dark, full-bodied honey is ideal for the cozy winter months when your body craves deep and robust flavor profiles with a hint of natural warmth.

Black Forest Honey, also known as Honeydew Honey, is unique to our selection. While still classified for our purposes as a monofloral (single-pollen) honey, Forest honey is actually made when bees consume honeydew, a sweet substance from the processing of tree sap by aphids, rather than nectar.

The wonderful health benefits of this 12oz jar of honey parallel the accolades of Manuka honey. A dark honey with a high mineral and antioxidant content and a light molasses taste, Forest honey is highly prized in Europe and a staff favorite.

Using Your Raw Black Forest Honey at Home

Drizzle your Black Forest honey over baked eggplant fries for a sweet and savory appetizer. Our Honeydew Honey also pairs particularly well with Brie and other soft, aged cheeses and is an excellent accompaniment or substitute for fig jam on cheese boards.

If you prefer to add honey to your tea, we recommend trying it as an interesting pairing with a shou pu er like the 2008 Jingmai, robust black teas like Feng Huang Hong Cha, and honeyed oolongs such as Lao Cong.

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.