This week is marked by Honey Bee day on August 15th. At Cornelia Bean we love honey, for not only does it taste especially delicious in tea and coffee, there are a number of health benefits that can be gained by eating honey as well! A special treat only available at Cornelia Bean is our Manitoba Summer Blend, which is handcrafted using pure clover honey infused with our famous Manitoba Rooibos. In the store we carry locally crafted honey produced by The John Russell Honey Company and Wendell Estate Honey.
As a natural sweetener, honey will add just the right amount of taste while at the same time provide fructose for instant energy, and glucose for longer lasting satisfaction and sustained energy. Try a teaspoon of honey in your favourite tea in replacement to white sugar, but also try it in your hot chocolate, hot rum toddy, or espresso shot.
Honey can be a powerful immune system booster because of its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. It's been used for centuries as a natural remedy to treat a range of issues such as bacterial infections and arthritic pains. It has an antiseptic property that inhibits bacterial growth and keeps wounds clean.
My all time favourite use for honey at home is to make what I called "Teddy Bear" milk at bedtime. This was a tried and true way of calming the kids down and helping them fall asleep. Just add a generous teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot milk, go straight to bed, and sleep like a baby.
We have a wide range of flavours from pure and creamy to flavoured with real fruit such as blueberries and raspberries, and spices such as cinnamon. Be sure to try our Manitoba Summer Blend as well.
To complement our desire to enhance the honey experience, we are launching a new tea this week called Hunny Bear. It's a sweet blend of rooibos and spices with a specific honey taste. I'm sure Winnie the Pooh would approve.