Israeli Honey Guide
Israeli honey is legendary. When Moses spoke to God through the burning bush, he was told to bring the Jews to Israel, "good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey...". Some say that honey in this sense refers to date honey, but there is symbolism in bee honey. After Samson killed a lion that was about to attack him with his bare hands, he later found bees swarming in the area with their honeycombs. This riddled Samson, and the answer he got was that from even the strongest of things, can come the sweetest of things. During Rosh Hashanah, we take the honey bee and compare it to God's judgment for the new year. We hope that the judgment will be tempered God's mercy and create a sweeter result.
Israeli Honey From North to South
Up in the green mountains of the Galilee, stretching from the Kinneret to Lebanon, is one of Israel's most fertile lands. The Galilee is abundant with flowers and fruit orchards that help produce heavenly honey. People in Northern Israel tend to enjoy a more simple and pure life which can be reflected in the honey. The Galilee is also known for having some of the best food so anything from there is sure to satisfy.
The vast hills of the Jerusalem Mountains provide the perfect place for hives and honeycombs. Just like Jerusalem, the honey itself has a light golden tint to it, similar to how the sun reflects off the stone walls of the Old City. The nectar from the distinct wildflowers in Israel's center create a pure and light honey that everyone will love.
About one hundred years ago, people thought the Negev desert was just arid land where it would be impossible to grow anything. Little did they know that the people of Israel could make the desert bloom with different kinds of plants and wildflowers. Bee farmers come to the south to collect dark and honey with rich complex flavors thanks to the multiple plants honey bees love. By purchasing honey from the Negev, you are not only getting a sweet treat for yourself, but you are also supporting the famers who lost so much from terrorist activity coming from Gaza.
For a classic sweet and pure taste, wildflower honey is just what you need. Wildflowers can be found almost anywhere in Israel and their honey has many amazing benefits. Besides for making life just a bit sweeter, this delicious food is supposed to help aid with digestion, give you an energy boost, and if you don't mind getting a little sticky, honey is said to reduce wrinkles and heal cuts!
Eucalyptus trees were first planted in Israel to help drain the swamps before building up the country, and are now helping with the bee population. Israel's bee population is one of the only in the world that is not declining thanks to the native Australian trees that have been pollinated year after year, even the United States is planting eucalyptus trees because of Israel's success! The taste is a bit more tart but what can we say? Eucalyptus honey is the bee's knees!
Who knew avocados could make such delectable honey? Israel has been growing this popular fruit for years and has a unique taste and look depending on where it is grown, which also means that no two avocado honeys taste the same. This superfood creates a thick, molasses type honey. If you're looking for something just a bit off the beaten road, avocado is the way to go!
Rosh Hashanah Honey: Gift Ideas
On Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to eat apples dipped in honey, or in Hebrew "davash", to symbolize a sweet new year. Israeli honey is truly the sweetest and is a land flowing with honey, as bee farms spanning across the country, from the green northern Galilee to the deserts of the Negev in the south. With unique options that taste sweeter than the next, you're able to give someone the best year yet! If you are celebrating Rosh Hashanah with friends and family, here are some sweet ideas for a gift that will welcome in the New Year in the best of ways.
Honey Gift Box
If your hosts loves cooking with all natural products, get them a gift box with delicacies from the Galilee; pure honey, extra virgin olive oil and cherry wine, all of which was produced in Northern Israel. The Galilee is renowned for its natural delicacies, most of which comes from the near by farms and orchards, as it is one of the most fertile areas in Israel. This is a gift not only good for Rosh Hashanah, but also year round!
Honey and Honey Dish
Apples are synonymous with honey when it comes to Rosh Hashanah, making this honey and honey dish the perfect gift! The set comes with a little honey dipper, making sharing this sweet treat easier than ever. Your hosts will be sure to use this time and time again! The honey comes from wildflower nectar, giving a clean and sweet taste that everyone enjoys. If you want something to be a bit more personal, you can choose your own honey dish to give and pair it with this tiny, but tasty, jar of honey that will fit right in.
A Jar of Honey
Keep it simple with just a jar of pure wildflower honey. No one will be disappointed for this delicious gift! Lin's Farms is one of Israel's leading honey producers for almost two generations in Kfar Bilu in central Israel. Aside from wildflower honey, there are also delectable honeys infused with mint or forest fruits. Either way, people will enjoy using the honey during the holidays and all year round for tea and baking or cooking.