Raw Apple Blossom Honey Review by Artist, Designer & Illustrator Sara "The Kerrminator" Kerr

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Sara "The Kerrminator" Kerr, an Artist, Designer & Illustrator based in Portland, Oregon reviews the Mohawk Valley Trading Company Raw Apple Blossom Honey. This is raw honey; it has not been heated, filtered, blended or processed and all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and aromatics are in the same condition as they were in the hive.

Sara Kerr

Sara Kerr

...my favorite so far is definitely their Raw Apple Blossom Honey. It has a sweet, subtle apple flavor and a pleasant, fruity aroma. - Sara "The Kerrminator" Kerr, Artist

Sara "The Kerrminator" Kerr an artist, designer, illustrator and tea aficionado based in Portland, Oregon recently reviewed the Mohawk Valley Trading Company Raw Apple Blossom Honey on the aptly named The Kerrminator's Blog.

“Tea puts me in a mellow, thoughtful, self-exploring mood that I desire when I’m creating my art," Sara said “Bad tea is an unwanted distraction and breaks my focus. I’ve tried lots of sources for my honey – the good old 'honey bear' variety, creamed honey, over-priced, low-quality 'raw' honey at the supermarket. They just don’t have that 'BAM' flavor. Where’s the BAM? I’ll tell you where! At tenonanatche.com! They have quite a few varieties, but my favorite so far is definitely their Raw Apple Blossom Honey. It has a sweet, subtle apple flavor and a pleasant, fruity aroma.”

“Our Apple Blossom Honey is derived primarily from the nectar of Fuji, Wolf River, Crispen, Sweet Sixteen, Pound Sweet, Granny Smith, Winesap, Fortune, Cortland, Empire, Ginger Gold, Macoun, Spigold, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Acey Mac, and other apple blossoms,” said Mary Ross of the Mohawk Valley Trading Company where they specialize in raw varietal honey. Varietal honey is made primarily from the nectar of a particular type of blossom or flower. To capture the unique character and flavor of the blossom or flower, beekeepers must study botanical bloom and flowering patterns when planning hive placement.

“From about the end of April thru May, we set up apiaries in apple orchards on both slopes and the surrounding area of the Southern Kuyahoora (West Canada) Valley & Central Mohawk Valley regions of Upstate New York.” Ross continued, “One of them in particular is a little known boutique apple orchard where the owner, in addition to growing a wide variety of officially recognized apples, has developed a few species of apples that exist nowhere else, except in his orchard. It is this wide variety of apple blossoms that gives our apple blossom honey its unique and extraordinary flavor.”

Sara "The Kerrminator" Kerr is an Artist, Designer & Illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She is available for commissioned drawings, paintings, custom matting, hand crafted wood frames, logo design, graphic illustration, book illustration, and fashion illustration just to name a few of her specialties.

Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its health benefits and as a sweetener and flavoring for many foods and beverages, with tea being the most popular. Next to maple syrup, it is the most commonly used natural sweetener in North America.

Honey bees make honey by collecting nectar from flowers and regurgitating it into beeswax honeycombs inside their hive. Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the hive of honey bees of the genus Apis and its most popular uses are beeswax candles and as an ingredient in natural skin care products.

The flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from; therefore, when cooking or baking with honey it is a good idea to taste the honey before using it in a recipe. For example: a dark honey like tulip poplar-black locust honey will result in a strong, heavy, pungent flavor, whereas orange blossom honey will result in a delicate orange flavor. Dark-colored honey is considered to be higher in minerals and antioxidants than light-colored honey, and one of the most well-known dark-colored honeys is buckwheat honey. Raw buckwheat honey contains a higher amount of minerals and an antioxidant called polyphenol, which gives it its dark color. The health benefits of buckwheat honey are many and well known.

The rawest honey available is comb honey which is made of sections of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb that contain raw honey that have been cut from the wooden frames of a beehive.

Using raw honey is a long-term investment strategy for optimal health and personal care; the dividends are overall mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Like a blue chip stock, raw honey should be included in any health-conscious consumer’s immune system boosting portfolio and the return on investment of substituting honey for refined sugar in the human diet is incalculable.

Another product made by honey bees and used by humans is bee propolis; a resinous substance that honey bees collect from tree buds and bark or other botanical sources and mix with beeswax, nectar and pollen. This mixture is used by bees to seal gaps in the hive and by humans for its health benefits and as a traditional, natural or homeopathic medicine.

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality unprocessed natural products they can produce namely; maple syrup, honey, handmade natural soap, personal care products and beeswax candles. In addition, they offer natural stone, tea and spices from around the world.

Hours of operations are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Reach them at (315)-519-2640 to learn more.

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