Orange blossom honey is harvested from Tyre, Lebanon.
Sweet and relatively thick, orange blossom honey is one of the best honey varietals you can add to tea, drizzle over granola or spread on toast.
Orange blossom honey has a beautiful light amber color, although it can range more toward a water white color when there’s little or no other citrus nectar used to produce it. Don’t be surprised if your orange blossom honey crystallizes extremely quickly, because it has very high glucose content. A gentle warm water bath will restore the honey to its liquid state.
Orange blossom honey does indeed smell like oranges and citrus, although the aroma is a mild and delicate one. If you wait a while before eating the honey, its aroma and “honey taste” will take on added complexity.
Orange blossom is a fruity and sweet honey, but only has light citrus overtones rather than a strong orange flavor. It’s also rather acidic.
Well, its sweetness makes orange blossom an outstanding honey for eating straight out of the jar. If you’re trying to get a better idea of its sweetness, it’s definitely sweeter than wildflower honey.
Spreading orange blossom honey on English muffins, French toast or pancakes is a recipe for a yummy breakfast or snack, but it’s just as delicious when paired with aged cheeses, used to sweeten baked goods, added to marinades, sauces and dips and of course, replacing sugar as a sweetener for tea or coffee.
The primary medical benefits of all honeys are that they’re high in antioxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatories, largely due to their slow release of hydrogen peroxide into the body. Orange blossom honey is no exception; in fact, it’s better than most varieties in that regard.
The many antioxidants contained in this honey work to support the immunity system and fight the effects of free radicals that, over time, damage the body’s important organs and cause chronic illnesses.
As for anti-bacterial properties, studies have shown that orange blossom honey is effective against some of the most serious bacterial pathogens and is an effective skin moisturizer.
Orange blossom honey is one of the best varieties for those who suffer from allergies, because of its relatively low pollen content. It also helps with digestion, eases sore throats, and is one of the honey varietals which can aid with wound healing when applied topically.