If you've ever been browsing our online shop or scrolled through World Honey Market's social media, you've undoubtedly come across our avocado honey. Typically, we find two types of people; those who love avocado and those who don't want anything to do with it.
The incredible thing about our avocado honey is that it has something to love for everyone, even if you aren't a fan of avocado. In this post, we will attempt to answer all your avocado honey questions.
What is avocado, honey?
This remarkably sweet condiment isn't made from avocados like guacamole. Instead, it comes from the avocado tree. Popularly grown in California, avocados make giant trees filled with small greenish-yellow and white blossoms. When our bees harvest from those avocado flowers, the resulting honeycomb is filled with an all-natural sugar substitute, avocado honey.
Ok, so is avocado honey green?
It would be easy to assume that Avocado Honey would share the same color as its fruity counterpart, but this could not be further from the truth.
This product comes from a family of dark-colored honey, which owes its hues to the high concentration of polyphenols (a specific antioxidant) found in these liquids.
Avocado Honey is incredibly rich in this compound and, in reality, has a very dark amber to black color.
But does avocado honey taste like avocados?
Another common concern is the taste of this variety of honey. Avocados themselves have a hard-to-describe flavor - but its honey is primarily sweet and has a similar taste to molasses or cane syrup, with a subtle and pleasant, aromatic aroma.
The unique taste of avocado honey makes it an excellent choice for adding flavor to various foods. It is a perfect substitute for sugar or molasses and can be drizzled over fruits, cakes, and pies.
We also recommend it on pancakes and waffles!
Does avocado honey crystallize quickly?
Unlike other kinds of honey, Avocado Honey has a unique sugar composition - persitol.
Scientists believe that this may be why it does not crystallize as quickly as the other bee by-products. However, that may be due to the presence of persitol, which is not found in any other type of honey.
Generally, the crystallization of honey is a natural process and is not dangerous for honey or your health, but it increases water, which increases the risk of fermentation.
Why don't we see avocado honey on many shelves?
It's true; avocado honey is not all that common. When you think of the bee, you might assume they like all flowers, equally, but bees sometimes have a preference for specific flowers.
The nectar of the avocado tree is rich in two specific minerals: Phosphorus and Potassium. As these insects scout for their next energy source, they often select flowers with just the right concentration of nutrients. However, studies show that bees often turn down mixtures with high levels of salts, especially the two aforementioned.
As a result, the output of avocado honey is relatively low compared to other types, like clover or orange blossoms.
Obtaining pure avocado honey in the wild would be incredibly rare for this reason, which makes it all the more remarkable for World Honey Market to be able to offer it in a 12oz squeeze.