Honey is a revered and celebrated folk remedy. Its numerous health benefits were even mentioned in the ancient Ayurvedic texts. Honey also happens to be one of the few well-known foods that are not only healthy but also delicious in taste. Interestingly, the distinct flavour of each honey is owed to the type of flowers that are within two miles from the beehive. The Nilgiri and the Jamun flavoured honeys are the new favourites - those we can’t resist having with desserts, tea, or just a cup of warm water. Keep reading to learn more about what makes them so special-
Characterised with an elaborate cultural heritage, the evergreen timberland incline of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve is brimming with rich flora and fauna. The community that thrives in this region has mastered the traditional techniques of collecting the “Food of the Gods” from the beehives of the Apis Dorsata bees nestled in the Nilgiri trees. The Certified and Organic Nilgiri Honey by Conscious Food, is bottled straight from the hives of these bees.
Carrying a tinge of bitterness, the Jamun honeys is a delightful indulgence for those who don’t care much for sweetness. It is collected from the beehives of the Black Jamun tree and is known for its soft texture and a unique appearance: a distinct dark opaque tint in the golden liquid.
What Makes Nilgiri Honey and Jamun Honey SO Special?
Honey has several medicinal properties that make it an indispensable item in the Indian kitchen. However, these benefits are applicable only to pure and unpasteurised honey which is a rarity in the general supermarket. Here is what makes the Nilgiri and the Jamun honey by Conscious Food so unique:
India is a land of naturally nutritious soil. However, the unchecked use of synthetically compounded fertilisers, pesticides, and growth regulators in farming adversely impacts the natural ecosystem. To prevent this from happening, the honey collected from the beehives in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and the wild honey collected from the Black Jamun tree is sustainably harvested. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Western Ghats is the largest protected forest area in India. This ensures that the honey collected from these sustainable ecosystems is free from any harmful chemical interference of synthetic pollutants.
The honey that is commonly sold in local supermarkets is pasteurized to enhance its shelf life and improve its colour. The process of pasteurization includes pre-heating the honey which kills the yeasts and strips the honey of its beneficial nutrients. Mass-produced honey is often adulterated with sugar or sugarcane.
While the traditional techniques of preparing honey might be time-consuming, we believe that they are important in retaining the nutritional value of honey. Our natural Jamun honey and Nilgiri honey is prepared using a traditional two-step process:-
- Local bee-keepers extract the honey in an eco-friendly manner
This honey is then strained through a cloth (instead of heating) to retain the natural goodness of pure honey
There is a revived importance of improving your immunity in the current context of the pandemic. Pure honey is packed with immense immunity boosting powers. Adding pollen-enriched honey in your daily routine also improves the health of your skin. If you are troubled with a sore throat, having a spoonful of honey is an age-old remedy to soothe the irritation. Honey also improves your heart health and liver function while keeping illnesses at bay.
The natural sweetness of the Conscious Food honeys have several uses in the kitchen and outside of it. With its distinct bitter-sweet flavour, the delicious Jamun honey can entirely replace sugar in breakfast cereals and granola. A spoonful of Nilgiri honey can enhance the flavour of your tea, cakes, and other baked goodies. It can also be applied topically to treat mouth ulcers or on skin cuts and scrapes to aid the process of healing.