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Golden properties and uses of honey

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 Golden properties and uses of honey (Photo: iStock)

With the help of flowers, bees produce amber-hued nectar and sweetener that has lots of benefits when consumed by human beings.

Honey, also known as asali in Swahili, is a thick, golden liquid with a mesmerising aroma and a taste that echoes the flora from which it was gathered.

Its colour can range from pale yellow to dark amber, depending on the types of flowers the bees visit.

The honey’s flavour profile is diverse, capturing the essence of the blossoms, herbs or trees from which the nectar was collected.

It is a symbol of sweetness in many cultures and just like the simile goes, ‘tamu kama asali’, (as sweet as honey in English).

In the culinary world, it serves as a delightful spread for bread and a flavourful addition to dressings, marinades, and desserts.

Honey also finds its way into hot teas and beverages, providing a soothing touch to the senses. Beyond the kitchen, honey is a treasured remedy in traditional medicine as it is used to alleviate sore throats, promote wound healing, and soothe coughs.

It comes in many types depending on which flower honey is derived from. These include wildflower, clover, manuka, and acacia among others.

Beyond its delightful taste, honey is a nutritional powerhouse - rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Its natural sugars provide a quick source of energy, making it a favourite among athletes and health enthusiasts.

Additionally, honey possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a popular ingredient in traditional medicine remedies.

Raw, unprocessed honey retains more of its nutrients and enzymes, offering a holistic approach to well-being.

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