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Now Available at SDG&E October 21 2016

San Diego Honey Company at SDGE

Thank you SDG&E for featuring us in your kitchen at SDGE Century Park Campus. We love working with people that support the local food movement! Work at SDG&E? You can purchase our honey in the cafeteria.


Salad Dressing in a Honey Bear Bottle October 09 2016

San diego honey company salad dressing
This is our new favorite use for the last bits of our honey in the bear... Salad dressing in a bear bottle with the perfect pour spout and cap to store the leftovers!
This dressing is:
  • Habañero Chipotle SDHC Honey
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Dark Balsamic Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Drizzled over grilled steak, cucumbers, mozzarella and baby greens... YUM!


Rosh Hashana is Around the Corner September 23 2016

Stock up for Rosh Hashana with San Diego Honey Company.

Our honey is the perfect compliment to apples, among many other great foods! It is also the best hostess gift for all your fun New Years parties.

Check out our Where to Find page for numerous locations around San Diego that carry our honey.

L'Shanah Tovah!


Celebrate National Honey Month September 12 2016

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San Diego Honey Company Latest Buzz - September Newsletter September 01 2016

San Diego Honey Company Raw Honey Bears

Apple Oatmeal Muffins August 25 2016

San Diego Honey Company Apple Oatmeal Honey Muffins
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup San Diego Honey Company Apple Pie Spice Honey
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly diced apples
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats

Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the egg, honey, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Add the apples and oats to the bowl and gently fold them in.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups (it'll be about 1/4 cup in each one). Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Serve with softened butter and San Diego Honey Company Apple Pie Spice Honey for drizzling.

Using Honey to Enhance Exercise and Athletic Activities August 25 2016

Honey provides 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, making it an excellent source of energy for your body.

Use honey before your workout. 

Nutritionists recommend eating carbs before exercising for an added energy boost.  If eaten prior to working out, the honey is released into the system at a steady rate throughout the event.

Consume honey during your workout. 

This can help your muscles stay nourished longer and will delay fatigue. There is no need for supplements when you can enjoy pure, raw honey. Try mixing some honey into your water bottle for a tasty and beneficial addition.

Eat honey after you exercise.

Research shows that consuming a combo of carbs and protein within 30 minutes of exercise is ideal to decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness. Honey is the perfect carbohydrate to use!

Some tasty tips...

  • Add honey to your water bottle for a great way to stay hydrated while providing yourself with a natural energy boost.
  • Snacks are a great way to add extra fruits and vegetables to your diet. Try mixing peanut butter and honey, or honey and light cream cheese, as a dip for fresh fruits or vegetables.
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwiches on whole wheat bread are the perfect combo of carbohydrates, protein and fat. We love San Diego Honey Company Vanilla Bean Infused Honey for our peanut butter sandwiches.

 


SD Honey Co Now on Barnraiser August 22 2016

San Diego Honey Company now on Barnraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego Honey Company is now a part of Barnraiser.

If you haven't heard of this new website, we recommend checking it out. There are millions already using this great new concept who crave a healthier world.

Barnraiser is all about bringing us better food and healthy living by helping all types of people and businesses become known. We love this concept and hope you take the time to check it out.

Discover products, celebrate stories, and fund projects to create a healthy community.

You can view San Diego Honey Company on Barnraiser by visiting https://www.barnraiser.us/businesses/san-diego-honey-company.


Honey Glazed Brie Appetizer August 15 2016

San Diego Honey Company Brie and Honey Recipe
  • Combine:
    • 1/2 cup San Diego Honey Company® Coastal Wildflower Honey
    • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
    • 2 T. brandy
  • Place brie cheese round in a 9" pie plate.
  • Bake at 500°F for 5 minutes.
  • Drizzle honey and nut mixture over the brie.
  • Bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until topping is thoroughly heated.
  • Do not melt cheese.
  • Enjoy with grapes, apple slices, crackers and crostini.
  • Garnish with a sprig of rosemary (optional).

San Diego Honey Happenings - August 2016 August 08 2016

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San Diego Honey Company Happenings

New! Raw Honey & Bee Pollen Soap August 07 2016

 

Luxurious olive oil and shea butter are combined with San Diego Honey Company® Pollen Plus® (honey and bee pollen blend), pure essential oils and all natural plant materials. The benefits for your skin are endless.

We are currently offering four fabulous scents - Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Lavender and Peppermint. San Diego Honey Company® Raw Honey and Bee Pollen Soap gift sets are coming soon!

Did You Know?

Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture on the skin. Bee pollen acts as a moisturizer for dry skin and wrinkles, and contains zinc, silica and dozens of anti-oxidants and fatty acids, all which can do wonders for our precious skin.

 

Raw Bee Pollen

 

Bee pollen has been said to help clear up acne conditions. It is thought to also be a great anti-aging food and ingredient for the skin due to its very high ORAC value (it absorbs damaging free radicals).

Bee pollen has a very high content of Nucleic Acids (the building blocks of RNA and DNA) and may prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulate the growth of new skin tissues.

Cinnamon Raw Honey & Bee Pollen Soap by San Diego Honey Company® 

*The above information is not intended or implied to be professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


San Diego Honey Company® - Now Available in Sprouts Farmers Markets August 06 2016

Sprouts Farmers Market

In case you haven't heard, you can now find a few of your favorite San Diego Honey Company® honey varietals in all 65 Southern California Sprouts Farmers Markets.

Coastal Wildflower, California Wildflower and Orange Blossom are currently in stock.

In case your honey has crystallized, check out our previous blog post on how to liquify your crystallized honey. Honey never goes bad, so please don't think there is something wrong, it just needs a slow warming to get back to that lovely smooth honey texture.

California Raw Honey at Sprouts Farmers Market


Orange Blossom Lemonade July 26 2015

Orange Blossom Honey - Honey Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup SDHC Orange Blossom Honey
5 cups hot water
1 cup lemon juice

Directions:
Add hot water to honey and stir well.
Add lemon juice.
Chill.
Serve over ice.

Optional - Top with Champagne or Cava!

 

 


Peach & Mozzarella Salad April 28 2015

 

 

Ingredients:
5 peaches, 3 green onions sliced, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 3 T. SDHC Raw Orange Blossom Honey, 1 t. salt, 1 t. lime zest, 1/2 c. lime juice, 3/4 t. cumin, 1 T. tequila, 1/3 c. olive oil, 6 oz. watercress, 3/4 lb. fresh mozzarella cut into 16 slices

Directions:
Peel and chop 1 peach. Cut remaining peaches into rounds.
Process chopped peach and next 8 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add olive oil and pulse a few times until combined.
Brush peach rounds with 1/3 cup of dressing. Grill covered at medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes per side.
Arrange watercress on 4 plates. Alternately layer 4 peach rounds and 4 mozzarella slices on top of watercress. Top each with 3 more peach rounds. Drizzle with remaining dressing.


Pollen Plus: Bee Pollen Benefits for Weight Loss and Physical Activity January 30 2015

The benefits of consuming bee pollen to assist with pollen allergies are fairly well known but this wonderful natural product can help us in so many more ways.

At this time of year a lot of people are trying to lose a few pounds and focusing on improving their physical activity – bee pollen can be a wonderful help in these areas too!

Bee Pollen contains Phenylalanine, an amino acid which as a natural appetite suppressant – all completely naturally and safe.  Phenylalanine actually works to balance the body by signaling fullness if you need to lose weight and hunger if you need to gain weight, pretty amazing.  Science has tried to copy this phenomenal amino acid and there are numerous ‘weight loss’ products containing phenylpropanolamine – a man-made product that comes with lots of warnings!  Why subject you body to chemicals when a beautiful natural product like Pollen Plus can help.

Bee Pollen also contains about 15% (by volume) lecithin.  Lecithin helps flush fat from the body.  Lecithin rich bee pollen is also known to help cholesterol by lowering LDL (low density lipoproteins - the bad one) and increasing beneficial HDL lipoproteins.

Bee Pollen is also known to help eliminate cravings.

Famous German naturalist Francis Huber called bee pollen ‘the greatest body builder on Earth”. 

The British Sports Council discovered that taking bee pollen can help increase strength by as much as 40 – 50% Wow!  Pass the Pollen Plus!

Of course to get all of these wonderful benefits the bee pollen you take has to be viable.  It’s a delicate product that was not designed to sit in plastic bags etc. bees collect it and mix it with honey – that’s exactly what we at San Diego Honey Company do.  As we like to say ‘we just copy what the bees do because they know what they are doing’.  By blending the bee pollen into the honey with our proprietary process that does not heat the pollen or honey above the raw stage we believe we have created a potent delivery system for the miraculously beneficial bee pollen.  Our raw honey perfectly preserves the honey and the natural enzymes and the pH of the honey help to break the pollen down into a more easily digestible product.

Try some Pollen Plus, it's also absolutely delicious!

Pollen Plus 


Honey Hot Toddy November 19 2014

Just in time for the holidays... Enjoy!

 

 

Ingredients:
2 oz. whiskey
1 T. San Diego Honey Company Holiday Spice Honey
4 oz. hot water
1 t. fresh lemon juice (bottled will work too)
1 slice fresh lemon (optional)


Directions:
Pour whiskey into a cup.
Add honey and lemon juice.
Add hot water (not boiling - don't cook the honey) and stir with the spoon used for honey.
Add the slice of lemon and enjoy.

 

 


Raw Manuka Honey from New Zealand November 09 2014

Manuka Honey from New Zealand

 

Not all honey is the same, not by a long shot.

At San Diego Honey Company, we believe in providing only the most premium products. We are pleased to add Manuka honey to our line. Unlike the rest of our local San Diego honey, our Manuka honey comes to us from New Zealand.

 

Manuka flower (Leptospermum scoparium)

Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the medicinal flower manuka, or tea tree as it's known in Australia.  Maoris are the indigenous people of New Zealand, they have used manuka honey for thousands of years.  All raw honey has antibacterial qualities, however Manuka goes above and beyond. Hydrogen peroxide is produced when honey is in contact with the skin or internal tissues.  Manuka honey is unique in that it also contains methylglyoxal (MG). MG comes from the conversion of another compound - dihydroxyacetone - that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. The higher the concentration of MG in Manuka honey, the stronger the antibiotic effect.  

It is important to understand that not all Manuka is the same. The antibacterial quality of some kinds of honey may be 100 times more potent than others.  Honey producers created the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) scale for rating this type of honey. Not all brands contain significant amounts of MG, and it is important as consumers to be able to tell the difference.  A rating of 10 UMF or higher is considered potent enough to be therapeutic. Our supplier, Wedderspoon, categorizes their honey into two grades, Active 12+ and Active 16+. We are carrying the most premium line, Active 16+. 'Active' manuka honey has stronger properties than regular manuka honey.  Unlike many of their competitors, Wedderspoon also factors in live enzymes, pollen count, chemical/residue analysis, antioxidant levels, the raw status, and various other phytochemical factors.  So, keep in mind that you may find 'manuka honey' on store shelves it is quite a different product from Active Manuka Honey and be aware also that there has been 'impostor' or fraudulent manuka honey on the market due to the higher price that manuka honey garners.  Buying from a trusted source is very important.

There is no doubt that Manuka honey is a miraculous food.  It has been credited with healing many issues from acne to gingivitis, wounds and much more, However, here at San Diego Honey Co. we prefer to focus on the benefits that have scientific studies to prove the effectiveness:

Science has proven that Manuka honey is effective against h-pylori, the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers* and MRSA*. There are also reports of its usefulness in assisting with IBS* and gut issues. It is best known for use on wounds and burns, a major review of evidence by The Cochrane Review notes that honey may shorten healing times in mild burns compared with traditional dressings.  

One of the most exciting studies is one conducted by the University of Sydney* that proved that medical grade manuka honey killed nearly every type of bacteria it was exposed to and, unlike antibiotics, did not create resistance in the bacteria.  One of the major health issues of our time is the overuse of antibiotics creating drug resistant bacteria or 'superbugs'.

Check out our Manuka Honey on the Go packets. They contain the same great Active 16+ Raw Manuka Honey that we have grown to love. They are perfect for the plane, added to lunches or snacks, and perfect for that mid-day energy boost!  Runners, these little pocket size packets are perfect for you! Our personal opinion is that honey straws are heated honey and not as nutritious an option as a pure raw honey, that's why we don't carry them, these little gems however are healthful and handy.  We also have this powerful honey in 250g or 500g jars.

Although we cite several scientific studies here, we encourage anyone with a medical condition to discuss use of manuka honey as a treatment with their doctor. 

The possible side effects of manuka honey are:

  • Allergic reaction in people who are allergic to bees. 
  • Raw honey should not be given to infants under 1 year of age.
  • Risk of a rise in blood sugar for diabetics.
  • Possible interaction with certain chemotherapy drugs due to the antibacterial effect of manuka honey.

 

This post is for informational purposes only and not intended to offer medical advice or treatment advice for any medical condition or disease.

 

Sources: *Journal of the Royal Society of medicine ;Cooper RA, Molan PC, Harding KG. Antibacterial activity of honey against strains of Staphylococcus aureua from infected woulds;J R Soc Med. Jun 1999;92(6):283-285.

Journal of Wound Care 2008, The impact of manuka honey dressings on the surface pH of chronic woulds, Gethin GT, Cowman S, Conroy RM.

2008 Jun;5(2):185-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2007.00424
.Prakash, A., Medhi, B., Avti, P. K., Saikia, U. N., Pandhi, P. and Khanduja, K. L. (2008), Effect of different doses of Manuka honey in experimentally induced inflammatory bowel disease in rats. Phytother. Res., 22: 1511–1519. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2523
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases , Volume 28, Issue 10. pp 1199-1208

 

 

 


Pico de Gallo with Habañero Chipotle Honey November 05 2014

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 bunch green onions, green and white parts, chopped
  • 3 T. Habañero Chipotle San Diego Honey Company Honey
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 t. Sea Salt
  • 1 red jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • cilantro (optional)

 

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 1 hour.

 


Baby Kale Salad with Citrus Honey Vinaigrette October 22 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups baby kale
  • ¼ cup Stilton cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, chopped

 

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 T. Citrus Infused San Diego Honey Company Honey
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

 

Directions:

  • Whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients.
  • Toss with all salad ingredients

 

Serve immediately and enjoy!  This is the perfect accompaniment to grilled salmon and wild rice.

 


Substituting Honey for Sugar October 20 2014

 

Honey is a fabulous substitute for sugar.  We use it for everything!  It does change the cooking process slightly, so follow these tips for successful recipes.

 

  • Replace 1 cup of sugar with 3/4 cup of honey.  Reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.  Add a pinch of baking soda to reduce the acidity of the honey.
  • Beat candies longer and wrap them tightly to help keep the honey from absorbing moisture.
  • Cook jams and jellies at a higher temperature.
  • When baking, lower the oven temperature by 25° F. to prevent over-browning.

 

Honey will keep your foods moister than sugar does, which is just another reason why we love this wonderful substitution for baking specifically!

 

We also love honey in:

  • Salad Dressings
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Grilled Meats
  • Ice Cream Topper
  • Cheese Platters (YUM!)

 

Check us out on Facebook and Pinterest for lots of different recipes compiled from tons of different people.  We are also in the process of building our recipes on our website with our own fabulous creations, so check back often to see what is new!


Boost Your Immune System October 15 2014

 

 

Who knew that honey could help boost your immune system?  Well, we did of course!

Honey has many health benefits that we will go over in future blog posts, but one fact that is very important right now is that honey is a great immune booster.  Anything to help boost your immune system during flu season is a plus in our opinion.

It has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties that improve your digestive system.  These properties will help you stay healthy and fight disease.

One great way to incorporate honey into your daily diet is by starting your day with a warm cup of deliciousness.  Start every day with a spoonful of lemon juice and a spoonful of honey added to half a cup of warm water.  (We love our Ginger Lemon Infused).

Drink it down and think of all the fun you are going to have while your body stays healthy and refreshed.  Good bye sick days!

 


Charred Garlic Edamame with Ginger-Lemon Honey October 11 2014 1 Comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 16oz Edamame, frozen in shell
  • 3 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 T. soy sauce
  • 2 T. Ginger Lemon Infused SDHC Honey
  • 5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 t. red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t. sea salt

       

      Directions:

      • Steam edamame for 3 minutes. Blanch in ice water and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
      • When ready to cook, heat a skillet over high heat with 1 T. olive oil. Microwave edamame for 30 seconds and add to skillet.
      • Pan sear until edamame are slightly charred. Add 2 T. olive oil and 2 T. soy sauce,   Saute for 1 minute. Add honey all remaining ingredients. Turn off heat and toss until well coated.

       

      Eat 'em hot!


      Honey Slows Signs of Aging October 05 2014

      Well now isn't this great news?! 

      Part of the aging process is related to the slow depletion of enzymes in the body.  Raw honey is one of the few foods to help slow the depletion of enzymes through the ingestion of amylase. Amylase is the enzyme that breaks down sugars and carbohydrates. Amylase can restore damaged skin to give a softer, younger look. 

      Honey is also a great natural moisturizer for dry and parched skin.  It is able to attract and retain moisture, and rebuild the moisture level in the skin without making it oily. Honey provides a calming effect without irritating the skin, and helps replenish necessary skin moisture, especially during the winter months. This is why the golden liquid is such a popular anti aging skin care ingredient in many commercial moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos, shower gels, and conditioners. And because it's so gentle, it is suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products.

      Just another fabulous reason to eat honey everyday!  


      Honey supports Bifidobacteria September 30 2014

      Bifidobacteria is present in the gastrointestinal tract – which is essential for efficient digestion and good health. Honey contains prebiotics and probiotics that help the growth and activity of Bifidobacteria. It is an alkaline-forming food, and is similar to ingredients found in fruits. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract indigestion.

      Just another reason why we love honey.