A Lesson on Pure Honey by Asala

I happened to attend what was the first honey tasting event in Doha by Asala Honey. Asala honey has brought to Doha the purest of honeys from different parts of the world. Read all the way to the end to find out where you can get your hands on all the delicious honey. I went with a lot of questions, and came back with everything answered, and much more info about honey than I can imagine.

"What does real honey look like?" It could look like anywhere from clear to really dark brown. It can also have crystallized formation which isn't a sign of added sugar. It really is honey, and will lose its solid form once you keep the bottle in which the honey is stored in water around 35 degrees celsius.

"How can I store it without spoiling it?" Honey is best preserved by storing it in a glass container. You have to keep it away from direct sunlight, and moisture.

"How long will pure honey last?" Raw and pure honey can last even for a hundred years and not get spoilt if preserved well.

"Without additives?" I ask again. Yes without additives. IT can last that long!

Yemeni honey is considered to be one of the finest in the world due to its values, and the way it is harvested in.

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There was the limited edition wild mountain white honey which was as white as honey can be. The taste obviously is now a mere memory in my head as of course all honeys I tasted were all quite similar, and yet different in its own way. This honey is of outstanding medicinal value as the bees collect it from more than 70 types of scarce wild mountain flowers and grasses that grow only in winter. Some of these flowers and grasses grow for a limited time which may exceed not more than 24 days in a year at the peak of high mountains in the western regions of  Yemen at a height of more than 3,500 metres above sea level where the environment and soil are clean and pollution free.

The others from Yemen which you can find at the store includes a limited Wild Moutain Almond honey, Wild moutain Sidr honey of Aussaiamat, Wild mountain sidr honey of Doan, Wild mountain Sidr honey of Jardan, Wild Sidr honey of Doan, Wild Somar honey of Doan, Wild Flowers Honey, and Wild Sal Flowers Honey.

Heard of Medicinal Honey? Manuka honey from New Zealand is one of the best in the world due to its medical uses and health benefits. You can get your hands on them as well if you visit the store.

And, then there was French Honey!

Established in 1890, honey has been the life-blood of the Perronneau family from France for over 120 years. Those that know honey know that every vintage has its own unique flavor characteristics, texture, color and flavor. Its texture can range from liquid to creamy to crystalline. Its flavor can range from fragrantly floral to spicy and savory, depending on the pollen variety, the weather, the year and when exactly the nectar is collected.

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And the color can also range from perfectly white to clear to dark, amber brown. Additionally, even a specific mono-floral honey can change depending on the year and when during the season the pollen was collected.

Honey temperature must never exceed 35 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature inside a bee hive. Controlling the temperature helps ensure that the honey will maintain its efficacy and health qualities.

That is why you only want to eat “raw” honey, why you never want to liquefy your honey in the microwave (only in a hot water bath), and why that stuff in the squeezable bear is always liquid and doesn’t taste like much – nor will it do much for you or your palette.

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The French Honey flavors we tried included the chestnut honey which had a bitter after taste, eucalyptus honey which was good to treat the sinuses, Linden tree honey which was good for sore throats, and cough, Acacia honey, Lavender honey, Orange honey, rosemary honey, mint honey, coriander honey, almond honey, thyme honey, and avocado honey to name a few. All these were naturally collected and came in a glass jar with absolutely no additives.

Types of Yemeni Honey

  • Yemeni Honey: These types of Yemeni honey are distinguished for its purity, limited quantity and numerous healing benefits due to the scarcity of the flowers and grasses on which the bees are feed on.

  • Wild Mountain White Honey: This white honey is distinguished for its rarity and outstanding medicinal value as the bees collect it from more than 70 types of scarce wild mountain flowers and grasses that blossom in winter. Some of these flowers and grasses grow for a limited time in a year which may not exceed more than 24 days at the peaks of high mountains in the western regions of Yemen at a height of more than 3500 m above sea level where the environment and soil are clean and pollution free.

  • Wild Mountain Almond Honey: Wild Yemeni bees collect this honey from the flowers of wild almond trees known for their excellent quality. However, it is collected in very limited quantities from high mountains which exceed 3000m above sea level in Khawlan areas where almond trees grow.

  • Royal Honey: This honey is collected from the hives of bees that live often in mountain caves. This honey is harvested using traditional methods that date several thousands of years which are chemical free and using some camel leather smoke.

  • Wild mountainSidr honey of Hadramout: It is collected by the wild Yemeni bees in the Aussaimut Valley In Emran. This honey is charecterized by high viscpsity, dark color, delicious taste, and good sidr flower like aroma. It is produced in small quantities compared to other varieties of Sidr honey.

  • Wild mountain Sidr Honey of Doan: This is collected from the mountains surrounding the Doom Valley in Hadhramaut located in the East of Yemen.

  • Wild mountain Sidr Honey of Jardan: This is collected from the mountains surrounding the Jardan. This type of honey is less popular than other Sidr honeys. It is less sweeter than the Sidr honey of Doan , and a little more darker as well.

  • Wild Somar Honey of Doan: It is known as "Al Talh" and is produced from prickly trees densely growing in the Doan valley located in Hadhramaut and some other mountainous areas. These trees bloom in spring and summer seasons. It has a reddish color, sharp taste, and medium viscosity.

  • Wild Flowers Honey (Al Maraee): This honey is produced throughout the year as the bees feed on various wild flowers in pasture and forest. It is also known for its lightness, excellent nutritional benefits and its suitability for children.

  • Wild Sal Flowers Honey: This honey is also known as "Tamenisk" honey. This honey is known for its aftertaste that can last for hours also making the body feel feverish. This honey is known for its multiple therapeutic and healing benefits.

Curious to find where you can buy all this amazing honey from? Gold Gourmet at La Croisette 1 at The Pearl, and Gold Gourmet at The Gulf Mall stocks them. Are you a honey lover? Whats your favorite kind of honey?