3 Sweet Reasons You Should Be Eating Buckwheat Honey
If you’re loyal to your honey in the bear-shaped bottle, that’s ok, no pressure. If you’re a honey fan in general and you want to experiment with a different variety that’s great for cooking and has a ton of health benefits, you should keep an eye out for buckwheat honey next time you’re at the store. Buckwheat honey has a pungent flavor with a dark molasses color that can range from dark purple to black.
The dark honey has some malty undertones and a distinct lingering aftertaste. Buckwheat honey is made by bees that collect nectar from buckwheat flowers. Buckwheat on its own is nutrient-packed and gluten-free. Here are three reasons you should scoop some up.
1. It’s rich in antioxidants.
Looking at honey from a health perspective, buckwheat has three times as many antioxidants as acacia honey, which is much lighter in color. The darker the honey, the more antioxidants. Buckwheat honey isn’t as sweet as the more common lighter types of honey you’ll find in your average grocery store.
According to a study on dark honey, drinking buckwheat honey in a mixture of black tea helps to significantly boost the level of antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help to protect your body from damage caused by free radicals. You can eat buckwheat honey by the spoonful or mix it into your favorite foods. If you have a sore throat, a tablespoon of buckwheat honey is a helpful home remedy you should try.
2. It has amazing culinary uses.
Since buckwheat honey is dark with malty tones, it’s great for BBQ sauces and can be used as a natural sweetener for glazes, smoothies and everything in between. You can combine buckwheat honey with dark beer to braise short ribs. Add it to your yogurt, pancake batter or brownie mix. If you buy raw buckwheat honey, it’s best to leave it as raw as possible and avoid mixing it in with anything too hot.
You can drizzle some buckwheat honey on your toast with butter or goat cheese. Use it to make homemade granola or some kind of a sweet vinaigrette. The unusual sweet and pungent flavor of the buckwheat will add a whole new flavor element to your recipes.
3. It provides you with energy.
Buckwheat is packed with fiber and it can serve as a high energy source. Within buckwheat there are complex carbohydrates that get slowly absorbed into your bloodstream and help to give you sustainable energy levels throughout the day.
Buckwheat also boosts B vitamins, plus minerals like manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron and folate. To enjoy the honey with the maximum amount of health benefits, you should eat it raw.