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HONEY?

I love 0% Fage Yogurt drizzled with honey. I have tried various honeys (local, buckwheat, lights and darks) and still I prefer the very available Sue Bee Orange Blossom.

Are there others that you love that I should try?

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  1. I'm a lover of Fage and honey too. I like the Dutchgold Wildflower myself.

    I also tend to collect honey from wherever I vacation in small quantities and even friends have jumped on board and have been bringing me back some gifts.

    I have some incredibly intense dark honey from Bermuda which is a knockout, can't remember exactly what type tho. And a friend of mine brought back some from Italy from one of the oldest honey/perfume manufacturer's there - I'm pretty sure it's a nunnery that's been in existence since like forever, very light and floral. It's a very important name in the business but of course, that names escapes me too because I'm at my office, not home :-)

    Laurie

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    1. re: sivyaleah

      Yes, I definitely think honey is one of those items that is quite geographically distinct; it much depends on the floral of the area. Can I actually distinguish and evaluate those differences? You are suggesting that I CAN, so I am anxious to try more honey from around the globe! As you have suggested, this makes a great gift when one travels!

      1. re: liu

        Santa Maria Novella is the honey from Italy. Thanks to Google!

        1. re: liu

          You can absolutely tell the difference between honeys from different regions. In the SF area are there honey producers who bottle the honey from hives in different locations separately, and it's amazing how different they are. One year I remember they had honey from two different gardens at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, and they were quite different. You might want to try checking out your local farmers' markets for local honey producers who do the same thing and will let you sample them. On a related note, it's claimed that locally produced honey will help reduce allergies to local flora.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Ruth -- thanks for all this information! Indeed, upon your recommendation I will get into this further and "force" myself to try more honey -- someone's gotta' do it, huh!!!

            One note: I have heard various reports about the claimed medical benefits (for allergy sufferers) from eating LOCAL honeys; I most recently have read reports to disclaim this.

        2. re: sivyaleah

          My Bermuda honey is buckwheat - if anyone was interested. Almost like a molasses.

          1. re: sivyaleah

            Sivyaleah -- I have tried buckwheat honey and it is still in my fridge because I don't care for it. However, you have renewed my interest, and I will try it again, or perhaps another brand. Thanks! I keep WANTING to like it because the color is so gorgeous!

        3. Oooh! Definitely try the Tasmanian Leatherwood honey...distinctive, not sweet...I have it with Fage as breakfast, a snack or dessert...I get mine at Grace's Marketplace in NYC....also Kalustyan's at Lex & 29th has an excellent selection of honey including Tasmanian Leatherwood....www.kalustyans.com

          1. One of my all time favorites is Sourwood honey that we get traveling through Asheville. The flavor is like no other.

            I was given a small jar of Pitcarin Island honey last Christmas which is quite tasty and when we lived in the Adirondacks an apple grower we knew used to keep hives in his groves and the apple blossom honey he used to produce was wonderful stuff.

            1. Greek Honey - the kind they have in the Fage Total Yogurt cups. Can't find it in supermarkets, at least not near me. A small local Greek market carries it, however. The Orino Thyme honey is the kind I absolutely LOVE...

              http://www.greekproducts.com/b2b/cgi-...

              Lavender honey is another one I enjoy.

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              1. re: LindaWhit

                I might have to break down and try it inspite of the fact that the Fage w/honey is the full fat version - I think it has something like 22 grams of fat per serving - yikes. That's practically my whole days worth when I'm not having a serious chowhound day.

                Laurie

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  This is why I, too, have not ever purchased the Fage with the honey. I just thought it was a "regular" honey that I could add myself. I always opted for the 0%. However, now my taste buds are alive and I want to try this Greek honey that accompanies the Fage yogurt...this will mean a few more hours on the treadmill!

                  1. re: liu

                    Sivyaleah and Liu - break down, break down. It really is just wonderful!

                    The honey is ultra-thick, just like the Greek yogurt is. I'm becoming more and more disappointed with other yogurts because of their thiness and "pourability" because I'm spoiled by the Fage.

                    There's a *lot* less water in the honey, and the taste of it is just incredible. Whenever I buy the plain Fage tubs and bring it in to work, I bring maybe a Tbsp. or so of the Orino honey - I'm telling you, a tiny bit goes a long, long way on a spoonful of the yogurt!

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      I'm sold! I guess I'll just have to eat a fat-free day other than the Fage.

                      I can't eat other yogurt anymore since I discovered it a few years back. It was the yogurt of my dreams. I much prefer it's texture. All others are insipid in comparison and I hate all the additives and fake flavors in most commercial brands, let alone the sweetness.

                      I much prefer to add my honey, my homemade granola, and a bit of fresh fruit. Let me control what goes into it.

                      Laurie

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Forgive me -- I did read your previous post -- but is the Orino Thyme Honey the SAME honey that is offered with the Fage yogurt? Might I find it in a Greek market in LA?

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          Responding to Liu, as we've hit the 5-response wall with your post.....

                          I'm pretty sure the honey in the Fage yogurt side cup is *a* Greek honey - not sure if it's the Orino or not, but it's definitely WAY thicker (and not just because it's kept in the fridge and colder than honey kept at room temperature).

                          And I just checked Fage USA's website - it doesn't say whether it's Greek honey or not.

                          http://www.fageusa.com/honey%26fruit_...

                          But by taste alone, I'm pretty sure it is. And yes, you should be able to find the Orino or something similar in a Greek market near you in L.A.

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              I get this brand of Greek Honey I buy, I get it at Cost Plus:

                              http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

                              --Dommy!

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                Dommy - the Greek market I go to in Arlington has the Attiki as well...I just think I get a better price on the Orino large can.

                                Where do you get the Byblos yogurt?

                        2. Liu, I'll tell you something too. My husband and I have this enormous holly tree on our property. So large that our arborist (yes, we have an actual arborist) is amazed by it's size. It nearly towers over our house and is a haven for nesting birds as well. It's also a messy tree, but I digress.

                          Every spring, it blooms and the smell of it is so intensely sweet and the tree gets filled with gigantic bees for the week it flowers, gorging themselves on the nectar. I'm terrified walking under it, tho I guess the bees are too busy to concern themselves with me at that time.

                          Each year, I turn to my husband and wonder aloud "where is their hive?". I am dying to know if there is such a thing as holly honey, because this trees fragrance is so intense and seductive that I can only imagine that it has to produce an extraordinary honey.

                          Alas, we have yet to find where the bees are hiding and I'm too chicken to attempt to become a beekeeper!

                          Laurie

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                          1. re: sivyaleah

                            The magical lure of this tree sounds amazing...have you contacted a professional beekeeper who might have some ideas for you?

                            1. re: liu

                              That's a good idea. Next year, when it's getting close to bloom, I'll have to keep that in mind!

                              Laurie