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Best Honey In Los Angeles?

This is really two questions. Who are the best "honey suppliers", and what are their best flavors? And, then, why?

Maybe this is three questions.

Thanks.

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  1. My favorite honey is from Harris Family Apiaries in Pomona. I purchase their honey at the Pasadena Farmer's Market on Saturdays. They also do the Alhambra FM on Sunday mornings. My favorite flavor is the "middle" one - Chapparel Sage. I also love their Orange Cream Style honey. They have Wildflower honey as well. It is the best because I say so! ;-)

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Does anyone know if this vendor is at the Hollywood FM? I keep looking for caramelized honey there to no avail!

      thanks

      1. re: scurvy

        Someone will correct me, I hope...but I, too, looked at the Hollywood Farmers' Market and did not find the carmelized honey.

        Scurvy, I do know you will find it at the Saturday Santa Monica Market -- unless it is a seasonal product. You can ask the honey man there.

    2. I'm a big fan of the caramelized wildflower honey that is offered by Bill's Bees. I get it at the Santa Monica farmers market on Third/Arizona, but they sell it at other markets, too.

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      1. re: glutton

        Second Bill's Bee's. I've also seen it at Studio city. Get the caramelized honey!

        1. re: Diana

          I third the Bill's Bees carmelized honey at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market!
          It tastes like no other honey that I have tried; it has one more dimension of flavor from the carmelization!

      2. I really love Manuka honey from New Zealand, available at Whole Foods. Manuka is the New Zealand name for the Tea Tree, source of tea tree oil. This honey had a really distinctive rich flavor, and has particularly good antibiotic properties. (See the Health section in last monday's LA Times.) Plus it really is delicious.

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        1. re: OCchowman

          Like OCchowman says, Manuka honey from NZ is great stuff. I'm not one who has the expertise on the subtle flavors or qualities that particular provenances offer to connoisseurs, but I can vouch for Manuka's antibiotic properties.

          My sis gave me two jars of this honey a few years back after returning from NZ and told me about how Kiwis use it as a salve for wounds like abrasions, cuts, and burns, as well as helping internal issues like stomach ulcers. I blew her off like she was some NGNCHPWD (Nature Girl Nut Case High Priestess Witch Doctor) and just consumed the honey in tea, pancakes, yogurt, etc.

          Sure enough, while making pancakes, my forearm caught the edge of the skillet and I was issued a burn from the Manuka honey gods in retribution for being a nonbeliever. Entertaining the thought of what my sister mentioned about Manuka honey, I gave it a try. Okay, the burn didn't heal before my eyes, but it did heal in a few days - that's good for a burn wound (I'm somewhat of an expert on burns - where there's fire, I'm on it).

          There is a property in the honey called the, "UMF" factor, where a number is attached to it. The higher the number, the higher the healing factor. As OCchowman mentions, New Zealand Tea Tree oil is probably the key. The oil is reknowned for its antibiotic properties (yes, I use this on burns as well), and with busy bees slurping up the Tea Trees' nectar, there must be some connection here.

          I can also see how there might be benefits from using this particular honey to help with stomach ulcers. The particular bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) that is tagged as being a factor in peptic ulcers and other gastro-intestinal disorders probably would be affected by this UMF factor in the honey. Dark chocolate is also supposed to suppress the growth of H. pylori. Might a bowl of Fage yogurt (calcium to balance the stomach's acidity) topped with some Callebaut dark chocolate shavings and drizzled with Manuka honey might be just what the doctor should order for a healthy tummy?

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Yes! Tawny, who sells the honey I mentioned above, and I talk all the time. I seem to be pretty burn-prone whenever I am baking. She mentioned that honey is the best thing to put on burns. So last time I baked, my top forearm hit one of the racks and I immediately started putting honey on it (and covering it with a bandage). I kept at it for about 4-5 days and lo and behold - not even a scar. I burned myself several months before on the waffle iron and did not put honey on it and still have a very noticeable scar.
            The positives attributes for honey are amazing. I keep telling Tawny that she should print all them on a paper for people to take. If you have allergies, one of the honeys is better than the others, honeycomb is the only wax that the body can digest, etc. It is fascinating!

            1. re: WildSwede

              Just what I need - someone competing with me for the title of, "most burned."
              :)

              Keep that honey handy by the stove!

              1. re: bulavinaka

                I have honey everywhere!! We should bake/cook together sometime!! ;-)

        2. Without a doubt, Honey Pacifica!! My favorite is the Avocado Honey... it just brings honey to a whole new level...

          --Dommy!

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          1. re: Dommy

            Dommy, I hear your enthusiasm. Where do you find Honey Pacifica?

            1. re: liu

              Big second to Dommy on Honey Pacifica! We are giving away little jars of their avocado honey as favors at our wedding this month. Liu, you can find HP at the Beverly Hills farmers' market on Saturday mornings, or at the Ocean Park market in Santa Monica on Sundays. Ask to taste all 6 varieties, it's fun to see the great variety of flavors from various California flowers & plants. They've also got a honey blended with habanero peppers that is delicious!

              1. re: Lowy

                Thanks, Lowy, for this helpful information.

                1. re: Lowy

                  Lowy! It's good to know they can do that!! I had an idea about it a while ago! :)

                  --Dommy!

              2. re: Dommy

                Dommy -- I couldn't wait to get to a farmers' market, so I purchased some Topanga Quality Honey -- Avocado -- at Whole Foods...deep, rich flavor!

                Prior to your rec, I probably would not have gravitated to an avocado honey...just wasn't a flavor that I might choose. However, it has a very full flavor, and now I am hooked! I look forward to the Honey Pacifica brand that you like.

                Currently I have about six unopened jars of other various honeys on my shelf, but the recently purchased avocado honey is almost gone! Thanks!