Oh, Honey Honey!

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Taste-testing apples and honey. Apples and honey are the quintessential Rosh Hashanah snack. We eat them and hope that we will be blessed with sweetness in the coming year. But there are so many kinds of honey, and even more kinds of apples, and they’re not all created (or priced) equal. AUT_0103.JPGHere at the MyJewishLearning headquarters we taste tested six kinds of honey with three different kinds of apples to help you choose the best combination for your Rosh Hashanah table. Here are our findings from Tamar Fox, associate editor; Matthue Roth, associate editor; and Jeremy Moses, editorial fellow:

Honey Acres Beekeeper’s Best
Clover honey, 4oz. ($3.25)


This was the lightest colored honey we tasted, and the favorite. With tones of orange, and an airiness that none of its competitors had, it went well with all of the apples we tried, but was best with Gala apples.

Honey Acres Beekeeper’s Best
Wildflower honey, 4oz. ($3.25)


This honey was slightly darker than its clover counterpart, and had a rich maple taste that stayed in our mouths for a long time. There were notes of chocolate, as well, and we guessed that this would be a great choice for a peanut butter and honey sandwich. It really sang with the Granny Smith apples.

Pure Buckwheat Honey

16 oz. $5.59

AUT_0116.JPGAUT_0118.JPGThis was a divisive honey. Jeremy thought it tasted “like an insect” and was turned off by the very dark brown color and the aroma of molasses, but Matthue thought it tasted like a thick beer. It reminded Tamar of bran muffins and wheat germ. Jeremy thought it was best with the Granny Smith apples, but Tamar preferred it with Red Delicious.

Pure Honeycomb 12 oz. $8.29


This came in a box instead of a jar, and we ate little chunks of it set on top of apple slices. Though all honey is sticky, this was by far the stickiest of the honeys we tried, and the membrane of the honeycomb was gummy and stayed in our mouths longer than we really liked. Somehow it tasted healthy, and unprocessed (which it is) and we found that we liked that more in theory than we did in practice. Its strange character went best with Gala apples.

Posted on September 12, 2009

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