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liu Jul 7, 2006 07:28 PM

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?

  1. RNlove Dec 29, 2007 11:18 AM

    I'm a huge fan of locally grown honey. Best for your allergies and the flavor is SO MUCH better than anything bought at your huge commercial groceries. Usually they offer "blended" honeys and so, you don't know where exactly your honey is coming from. What part of the world, I mean. I live in San Francisco and discovered what I feel is one of the best honeys I've ever had, here at our local weekend organic market. I've tried many honeys, but this honey in particular is light in color and light in flavor. I recommend anyone try it, local or not. The guy is really nice and extremely knowledgeable about honey and bees. http://minthillhoney.com/ is the name of his apiary. I eat his honey everyday with my fage yogurt and even with my oatmeal.

    1. hitachino Feb 26, 2007 05:05 AM

      man, that robert-is-here place looks awesome! when i checked the site their honey link seemed to not be working and the honey section was missing from the (extensive!) list of products....

      ever try gallberry, mangrove or palmetto honey?

      http://www.tropicbeehoney.com/

      http://www.thomashoney.com/honey.html

      http://curtishoney.hypermart.net/inside.html

      and for the orange blossom lovers:

      http://www.carlshoney.com/

      http://walkerfarmshoney.com/

      edit -- and hey, if you don't like the taste of any of your honey, use them for a facial or in other skin concoctions! all that talk of yogurt and honey - goats milk and honey would be great for your skin ;)

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        harvwald Feb 26, 2007 04:34 AM

        What an interesting discussion! My favorite ever honey was in Greece at Delphi. I noticed French tourists at breakfast lining up to get Greek yogurt with honey poured over it. They were all excited about it. One thing about the French -- they always scope out the best food! I was told it was acacia honey. I since found something similar in the U.S. that comes from Germany. Highly recommend it.

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          Steve Jul 27, 2006 03:25 AM

          My all-time favorite is avocado honey from Robert is Here, a fruit stand in Florida. (www.robertishere.com

          )

          Remeber, the lighter the honey, the sweeter it is. Dark honeys have other stuff in 'em that make 'em dark.

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            bina Jul 17, 2006 08:33 PM

            after a recent trip to istanbul, i'm absolutely sold on turkish honey...there are several varieties. i wish i knew the floral variety that i've brought back with me, but i can say that it's very thick and has a wonderful smokiness to it. i have acquire a Fage 2% + turkish honey addiction. I also add a few drops of vanilla extract and sprinkle of cinnamon. it's heavenly!

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            1. re: bina
              liu Jul 17, 2006 10:58 PM

              Oh! And thanks for assisting MY addiction: vanilla and cinnamon...yum! I will keep my eyes out for Turkish honey -- thanks!

            2. Chocolatechipkt Jul 14, 2006 01:12 PM

              Forgot to mention, the Whole Foods near me recently started carrying a line of Greek honey. I think there are maybe six different varieties, about $10 each. And this is the same brand (whose name escapes me at the moment, sorry) that's carried in the Greek market near me.

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                Fleur Jul 14, 2006 09:14 AM

                Does anyone know of a good reliable source for the wonderful Lavender Honey from Provence?

                TIA

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                1. re: Fleur
                  LindaWhit Jul 14, 2006 12:47 PM

                  igourmet.com, but they're out of stock. Zingerman's has it as well:

                  http://www.zingermans.com/Product.pasp?Category=&ProductID=P-LAV

                  OR http://provence-scents.com/html/honey...

                  1. re: Fleur
                    Chocolatechipkt Jul 14, 2006 01:09 PM

                    I have a source for lavender honey from CA -- it's fabulous. I love it on Fage yogurt especially.

                    Btw, have y'all checked out the National Honey Board's site? www.nhb.org ... you can search for honey by flower type! :)

                  2. hhc Jul 14, 2006 03:08 AM

                    Try Robert Cole Wild Mountain brand raw 100% pure natural uncooked honey, since 1925, Oakland CA. 32 oz (2lbs) found at 99 Ranch in Fremont, CA, Safeway stores, and Albertson's. I paid $5.05 at 99 Ranch today 7/13/06 for the 2lbs glass jar and the next day I saw at Albertson's w/ their preferred card $4.99!

                    Liquid gold, delicious.
                    pic here: http://flickr.com/photos/bubbletea/18...

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                    1. re: hhc
                      liu Jul 14, 2006 03:35 AM

                      Yum, and I will try it! Thanks for this suggestion, and especially thanks for telling me where to find it!

                    2. liu Jul 13, 2006 11:43 PM

                      I just canceled every calorie I burned at the gym today -- I tried the whole-fat Fage yogurt WITH THE HONEY...Oh my, oh my, oh my! It was amazingly delicious and rich! It was as though I were eating pure whipped cream with the most heavenly honey one could ever dream about...WHAT IS THIS?

                      I know that some of you have posted and said that Orino honey comes closest to what this is, but what is it really? Perhaps someone knows?????

                      1. StriperGuy Jul 10, 2006 04:34 PM

                        I have sort of made a mission of trying many, many different honeys: leatherwood, lavender, greek pine forest, orange blossom (a favorite of mine), thyme, blueberry, raspberry, clover, and many more.

                        Sourwood honey is great if you can find it. Strong, almost vanilla-like taste. Tupelo, by my taste is not that exciting.

                        Honey, like wine, is very subjective, and there are as many different honeys as their are forests and fields full of flowers.

                        That said, my all time favorite, that can be found in the southern U.S. is Gallberry honey. Distinct, very rich fruity flavor.

                        These guys carry it:

                        http://www.thomashoney.com/honeysales.html

                        Or I am sure some folks on this list from the Georgia Beekeepers association would have it:

                        http://www.gabeekeeping.com/members1.htm

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                        1. re: StriperGuy
                          liu Jul 10, 2006 04:53 PM

                          Thanks, StriperGuy. I, too, like Orange Blossom Honey, even though it is easily available (don't we always like the harder-to-find items!). I do think I once tried Tupelo and it was not memorable; I am glad to see that you agree.

                          I will search for the two others you mentioned: Sourwood and Gallberry.

                        2. PseudoNerd Jul 8, 2006 10:15 PM

                          So it looks like I should've taken at least a glance at the nutritional labels for the Fage yogurts...I actually prefer the 2% over both the non-fat and full-fat, but not having it in a large container is inconvenient.

                          That being said, I normally use an Italian acacia honey (sorry, the jar's at home so I can't tell you the brand). I assumed all of my jars (there are 3 jars of high-end honeys in addition to mother's tubs of cactus, dried powder, and normal Sue Bee honeys) were lavender, and accidentally threw in a pinch of dried lavender in the acacia honey. It's actually better than my lavender honeys-- it has a light, fresh, floral, and almost...tangy? flavor that my more herbal lavender honeys lack.

                          Abbamele (reduced honey with pollen) is AMAZING too.

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                          1. re: PseudoNerd
                            Ruth Lafler Jul 9, 2006 01:10 AM

                            Trader Joe's has the Fage yogurts in larger tubs -- 500 grams, I think. It's still not cheap, though.

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler
                              PseudoNerd Jul 9, 2006 07:11 PM

                              but not for the 2%-- they only carry the 500g non-fat and full-fat containers

                              Oh, well :/

                            2. re: PseudoNerd
                              liu Jul 9, 2006 04:21 AM

                              What do you use the dry powdered honey for? Is this the same that I have seen in the Asian markets? Are there various kinds of dry honey?

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                                PseudoNerd Jul 9, 2006 07:17 PM

                                I use them for things I don't want to add unctuousness to-- like mixed with teas or fresh fruit juices or sprinkled on fruit (instead of brown sugar on things like tomato, which is what we used to do when I was little).

                                I know ours is from a Korean supermarket or another. While there are a few different brands, I'm not sure whether they actually produce different varieties.

                                1. re: PseudoNerd
                                  liu Jul 9, 2006 09:54 PM

                                  Yes, I last saw the powdered honey (in a pretty large plastic container) at a Korean Market. Next time "I don't want to add unctuousness" (great word -- so well said, PseudoNerd!) I will try it as you have suggested.

                            3. liu Jul 8, 2006 03:29 PM

                              Thanks to all who posted here. But - uh-oh...I am in so much trouble now. Only because I have so much respect for the true Chowhound spirit, I will now go out and search every shelf in Los Angeles to gather up ALL your suggestions.

                              Then what? What do I do with 20 jars of honey? It's like having a dozen bottles of hot sauce -- one can only do a drop or two at a time!

                              Well, thanks again for all your irresistible recommendations. I just need to remember that the fun is in the journey!

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                              1. re: liu
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                                fauchon Jul 8, 2006 03:40 PM

                                Don't worry about the 20 jars. Honey is famous for keeping well. I've read that honey was found in some of the ancient Egyptian tombs in perfect, edible condition!

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                                  liu Jul 8, 2006 04:01 PM

                                  Thanks for encouraging me. Now I'll take TWO of each!

                                  Seriously, that's good information.

                                2. re: liu
                                  LindaWhit Jul 8, 2006 09:36 PM

                                  Honey is the one food item that never goes bad. So buy away. :-)

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                                  irishnyc Jul 8, 2006 03:39 AM

                                  Growing up, we had a family friend who lived in Westchester Co., NY who was a beekeeper. He used to supply us with honey that was so dark. It was the color of a long-steeped cup of strong tea. It's been years since I had it, but I can still remember that intense taste, and it took me a long time to like any other honey. Now that I've gotten a taste back for honey, I'll have to start trying different kinds.

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                                    asirolli Jul 7, 2006 11:40 PM

                                    I've sampled and purchased different varieties of honey everywhere from San Francisco to France, Spain, Turkey and Japan. Believe it or not, though, my go-to honey for drizzling on top of Fage 0% is Trader Joe's clover honey. Shocking, I know. I have jars of two different types of honey I bought in the French Pyrenees sitting next to the over-sized plastic bottles of TJ's, and every time I open the cabinet to retrieve honey for Fage, I go straight for TJ's without hesitation.

                                    1. Debbie W Jul 7, 2006 10:40 PM

                                      Recently in my Fage 2% I've been using avocado honey. I agree with Dommy, it is great. The brand is Pacifica. I bought it at the Studio City Farmers Market, and they have lots of other honeys. Label says made in Long Beach.

                                      Also I like Baudat "Oranger Tree Honey" which is opaque, not clear, and kind of crunchy. A splurge, at Surfas.

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                                        Belmo May 11, 2008 07:35 AM

                                        Hi Debbie ... sometimes any honey will crystallize and get crunchy, even honey still on the grocer's shelf. Maybe that's what happened to your Baudat honey. You can make it transparent and liquid again by just letting the jar sit in very hot water for a while (with the lid a little open to allow for expansion). After a while you'll be able to stir it all into a golden liquid, then cap it, and it's good to go.

                                      2. LPM Jul 7, 2006 09:38 PM

                                        Marshall's Farm in the SF Bay Area is incredible, especially their star thistle and Mt. Tam. I believe they have a website and, if you're ever in the city, they always have a stand at the Ferry Market.

                                        LPM
                                        www.runninggags.blogspot.com

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                                          MollyGee Jul 7, 2006 11:15 PM

                                          Their star thistle honey is, indeed, AMAZING! I think about it at odd times throughout the day; it's that good. Their "Oakland Hood Honey" is pretty decent, too.

                                          http://www.marshallshoney.com/

                                        2. sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 09:28 PM

                                          Cheryl, where are you from? What is Byblos yogurt? I've never seen that in the NYC area.

                                          Laurie

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                                          1. re: sivyaleah
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                                            cheryl_h Jul 7, 2006 09:34 PM

                                            Laurie, I'm in Boston. According to the carton Byblos is "distributed exclusively by Kradjian Importing Co., Glendale CA". I have no idea where it's made. But it's a Greek-style, whole milk yogurt. We get it from a Middle Eastern grocery. I think the owner is Lebanese - hard to tell, he speaks about 6 languages. We asked if we could buy the yogurt by the case and he said no, he had trouble maintaining sufficient stock for his shop. We go through a couple of quarts a week.

                                            I prefer it to Fage, but that's JMO.

                                            1. re: cheryl_h
                                              Ruth Lafler Jul 7, 2006 10:01 PM

                                              I love the Byblos, too. But it's not nonfat, and the Fage 0% is. Full-fat is fine for special occasions, but not for every day, at least, not for me.

                                              But back to honey ... in a market that had a lot of European/Middle Eastern products I bought some Zergut brand honey (Zergut is a major brand of Eastern European food products). The fine print on the lable said it was from Bulgaria (pretty darn close to Greece), and it was very similar to the honey that comes in the cup beside the Fage.

                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                hhc Jul 7, 2006 11:10 PM

                                                Ruth, where'd you get the Zergut brand honey?

                                                1. re: hhc
                                                  Ruth Lafler Jul 8, 2006 05:40 AM

                                                  Unfortunately the store where I bought the Zergut honey went out of business. I've been keeping my eye out for it whenever I see Zergut products, but haven't seen it anywhere.

                                                  1. re: hhc
                                                    liu Jul 10, 2006 11:14 PM

                                                    hhc -- I just saw the Zergut honey at a local (Los Angeles area)Mediterranean Market, so I know that it is still being distributed.

                                                  2. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                    liu Jul 26, 2006 05:11 PM

                                                    Ruth - 18 days later - hello!
                                                    I tried the Byblos, and your comments echoed around me when I went for the second spoonful -- it is just tooooo rich! I am used to and quite like the Fage 0%. The Byblos almost tasted like whipped cream...a little is good! Perhaps the Byblos would be good as a sour cream substitute.

                                                    On a more important matter: the Zergut honey you recommended is wonderful. I bought the Acacia at an Eastern Market (Samosa); they also had one other flavor on the shelf. The Acacia Zergut is perfect for my tastes -- very mild and smooth. Thanks for this most delicious find!

                                                  3. re: cheryl_h
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                                                    DaveB Jul 7, 2006 10:36 PM

                                                    Cheryl,
                                                    Where in Boston do you get it? I enjoy Fage daily (have 0% normally, but love regular) but now want to try this other yogurt! Please let me know where.

                                                    Thanks,
                                                    Dave B

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                                                      cheryl_h Jul 7, 2006 11:18 PM

                                                      Arax in Watertown. They stock a wide variety of yogurts and kefirs, also Greek and other Mediterranean olive oils, honey, preserves, cheeses. It's all on Mount Auburn St., several Middle Eastern groceries, a bakery etc. There's a thread on the Boston board about finding specialty foods which raves about this area.

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                                                  cheryl_h Jul 7, 2006 09:22 PM

                                                  I love honey with yogurt too, but my preferred yogurt is Byblos. I like to buy honey from local beekeepers when possible. My all-time favorite was bought at a small French market close to the Spanish border. The seller had several different kinds with little tasters. I bought a wildflower honey which was local to the area, utterly delicious and distinctive. I finished it a couple of months ago so went looking for more. I finally found one I liked, a local beekeeper close to my home. It's also a wildflower honey, from autumn flowers, a deeply-flavored honey with a tangy undertone. Very, very nice.

                                                  I always ask about the processing of honey I'm interested in buying. I like it as raw as possible, it makes a big difference in flavor.

                                                  1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 7, 2006 09:01 PM

                                                    I am not sure where you are located but if you live near a town or city that has a beekeeping supply store then I recommend purchasing your honey there. They are obviously very knowledgable about honey and often have several different types of honey you can taste. Plus there is the added advantage of supporting your local beekeepers. I was never a honey fan until I was gifted with some honey from a friend who keeps bees. It is so different from the grocery store honey.

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                                                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                                                      liu Jul 7, 2006 09:04 PM

                                                      I think this is wise advice. In googling "Tupelo Honey," I see that as with all honeys, perhaps, there may be a lot of contamination from surrounding flora that will tinge the flavor of that honey, no matter what the label. The point that was made was that even though a bottle of honey is labeled as "Tupelo," it may not be pure. I think you will pay for what you get.

                                                      1. re: liu
                                                        sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 09:08 PM

                                                        Hence the reason I love my Bermuda honey so much - sure isn't much of a chance it was contaminated by flowers from any place near by. Those bees would have had one heck of an exhastive trip to make across the ocean just to bring back a bit of pollen from another island on their hind legs (or wherever it is they store it).

                                                        Laurie

                                                    2. sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 08:54 PM

                                                      Has anyone tried Tupelo honey? I keep hearing amazing things about it and have debating about buying it.

                                                      Laurie

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                                                      1. re: sivyaleah
                                                        Dommy Jul 7, 2006 08:57 PM

                                                        I've bought it, and to be honest, it wasn't anything WOW. It was a nice clean sweet honey taste. I would rather buy Greek Honey for something rather similar or experiment with local honeys...

                                                        But you do remind me of something. In the Korean Markets, they have I think 'Cactus' honey which sells for $50 and above! I've never dared... is THAT any good?

                                                        --Dommy!

                                                      2. Dommy Jul 7, 2006 08:51 PM

                                                        I adore honey, I have it every morning with my tea. My current local fave is Avocado Honey... dark and rich, it actually can be used with hot water alone....

                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                          lisacs Jul 7, 2006 08:44 PM

                                                          I like honeys of all kinds; one of my favorites was a light but very aromatic acacia honey I got in Hungary--it might be available here in a place with a selection of imported varieties.

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                                                            Ida Red Jul 7, 2006 08:01 PM

                                                            A wonderful and more obtainable honey is Trader Joe's Mesquite honey. ( My local TJ's being NYC). I missed the NY Times (Wed. food section) article about honey a few weeks ago, but there is a buzz about "terroir" with honey, like wines.

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                                                              PayOrPlay Jul 7, 2006 10:25 PM

                                                              I agree, Ida Red. I am not generally a buig advocate of TJs house brands but this is one TJs product that we use constantly. TJs Mesquite honey has become the default honey-for-daily-use in our home--it's priced reasonably, packaged conveniently, tastes good, and (although it's a shade spicier than clover or orange blossom honey, for example) it works really well for a wide range of melliferous purposes. (This is the honey I usually put into my Fage Total 2% yogurt, rather than buying the full-fat version with built-in honey pocket--not only is the full-fat version insanely fatty, as sivyaleah pointed out, but honestly I like the tangier taste of the 2% version anyway.)

                                                              Having said that, I also agree with Dommy! about avocado honey--it can be luscious, even unctuous, as if the fat of the avocado has made its way into the honey.

                                                              1. re: PayOrPlay
                                                                Dommy Jul 7, 2006 10:33 PM

                                                                We love the TJ's honey as a base of our BBQ Sauces... It just works TOO perfect! :)

                                                                --Dommy!

                                                              2. re: Ida Red
                                                                liu Jul 11, 2006 12:06 AM

                                                                "Terroir" is a great word! I missed this concept by not taking French and by not drinking wine, but the idea of the geography influencing many of our foods -- perhaps all, but is it discernible? -- is a very interesting one. Surely, it is an applicable concept in honey-tasting. Thanks, Ida, for introducing me to this word; I absolutely think it has a lot of relevance in tea as well.

                                                              3. sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 07:52 PM

                                                                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
                                                                  liu Jul 7, 2006 07:56 PM

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

                                                                  1. re: liu
                                                                    sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 08:02 PM

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

                                                                    Laurie

                                                                2. LindaWhit Jul 7, 2006 07:52 PM

                                                                  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
                                                                    sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 08:05 PM

                                                                    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
                                                                      liu Jul 7, 2006 08:15 PM

                                                                      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
                                                                        LindaWhit Jul 7, 2006 08:29 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                          sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 08:38 PM

                                                                          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
                                                                            liu Jul 7, 2006 08:51 PM

                                                                            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
                                                                              LindaWhit Jul 7, 2006 09:06 PM

                                                                              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
                                                                                liu Jul 7, 2006 09:12 PM

                                                                                Thanks, LindaWhit.

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                                                                                  Dommy Jul 7, 2006 10:36 PM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    LindaWhit Jul 7, 2006 10:53 PM

                                                                                    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. Candy Jul 7, 2006 07:50 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                fauchon Jul 7, 2006 07:46 PM

                                                                                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. sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 07:38 PM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    liu Jul 7, 2006 07:44 PM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      sivyaleah Jul 7, 2006 07:47 PM

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

                                                                                      1. re: liu
                                                                                        Ruth Lafler Jul 7, 2006 08:05 PM

                                                                                        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
                                                                                          liu Jul 7, 2006 08:11 PM

                                                                                          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
                                                                                        sivyaleah Jul 17, 2006 08:34 PM

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

                                                                                        1. re: sivyaleah
                                                                                          liu Jul 17, 2006 11:00 PM

                                                                                          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!

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