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.