A while back, I had the opportunity to be a part of a honey tasting. Right in my own kitchen. Thanks to the folks at the National Honey Board, I was sent samples of four types of honey to coordinate with an online presentation to learn more about honey not only as an ingredient, but how it can provide balance to any dish and enhance flavors. So of course, I wanted to include my kids in on the fun. When it was time to taste the honey, I invited them to grab the cute little spoons that came with the kit and take a dip.
Avocado Honey – yep – from the avocado blossoms from the avocado trees primarily from California. It definitely had a rich, buttery flavor. Its color was reminiscent of molasses, and I would say the three of us all agreed that the flavor was robust. It’s best used in sauces and marinades.
Tupelo Honey – the agreed on favorite – comes from the tupelo trees found in the wetlands of Florida and Georgia. It has a buttery, bright taste with of course that sweet taste we think of when we think honey. Its light in color and is definitely used as a table honey for putting on muffins and cornbread.
Alfalfa Honey is – you guessed it – from the purple flower of the alfalfa plants found throughout the U.S. and Canada. It’s mild in flavor and pairs well with creamy foods, chicken and fish.
Buckwheat Honey – found in my home state, Minnesota – is thick and rich and even has some malty flavor to it. It pairs well with gingerbread, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
Trying honey this way was a first for all of us. We dipped and smelled, we tasted and let the honey sit on our tongue. Slowing down and really tasting our food = mindful eating. I encourage you to try this technique while you are cooking together. Cooking together often leads to tasting!
So in the spirit of honey, I whipped up a recipe for Healthy Fruit Roll Ups. It’s Recipe ReDux blog link up day and the goal this month was to create a recipe by dehydrating fruits or veggies. Let me tell you, making your own fruit roll ups at home is a cinch, it’s budget friendly and healthy. And while they dry out low and slow in the oven, your kids will be wondering what that sweet smell is!
- 8-10 strawberries, left whole, hulled* (about 8 ounces)
- 2 small apples, peeled and cut into slices*
- Juice from half of a lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey (or more to taste depending on sweetness of fruit)
- *Total fresh fruit should be approximately 2 1/2 cups.
- Place strawberries, apples and lemon juice into food processor. Process by pulsing for 20-30 seconds or until liquefied.
- Remove lid and add honey, briefly pulse again to stir.
- Pour fruit mixture onto parchment paper placed into a shallow, rimmed pan. Be sure to spread to even thickness of 1/4 inch or less.
- Put into heated oven (170 degrees) and let dry for 3-6 hours. You will know when it's ready to remove from the oven when it feels just slightly tacky (not wet).
- Let cool and cut into strips. Roll up and eat!