Local honey faceoff

It’s not hard to find local honey these days. Just about every grocery store in town sells Walk-About Acres and Bonne Femme honeys – among others. But as I reached for a bottle to make some balsamic syrup (1 cup mid-grade balsamic, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons honey) for later in the week I realized I had no idea if I preferred one over the other, or if there was any difference at all. There is.

Both were tasty, but could be used for different purposes. Walk-About’s honey was thick, dark and robustly flavored. An aggressively honey honey. Maybe best for baking, drizzling on ice cream, making balsamic syrup. Bonne Femme honey was lighter, a bit more viscous and subtly floral. It would probably be my preference, and great in tea, but both would be excellent in their own applications.

I’d be interested to hear if others have compared local honeys…and to hear what you thought.

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Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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  1. Most honey makers also produce different grades, just like maple syrup. Your experience will vary based on whether you got a darker or lighter grade, what the bees were “pastured” on, and so forth. Different plants/blossoms produce different flavors and so it depends on where they’ve placed their hives and whether they’re keeping those locations separate or blending them all into one. We’ve generally been able to ask Walkabout, for example, for darker-grade honey than usual because that’s what we prefer.

    Maple syrup works the same way if you have access to real producers. In Vermont there are many grades, and most locals prefer the darker B grade even though the lighter, sweeter A grade is what sells to tourists and grocery stores.

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