Honey

Recognized and much loved by food aficionados for its subtle sweetness, honey is the handiwork of some highly industrious bees. People love it for its purity, exquisite flavour and it natural richness.

Let yourself fall in love with this homegrown wonder food.

Inspiration without bounds

Used in making icing, cold and hot beverages, desserts or in marinades, honey makes a healthy substitute for cane or beet sugar. A little goes a long way to bring out the full flavour of culinary preparations, providing that natural character that is so much in demand by enlightened consumers.

Get inspired... bring out the flavour of meats, fish, pastries, candies, beverages and much, much more...

  • Add a touch of honey to ice cream, yogurt or milkshakes for that wholesome, natural flavour.
  • Add a touch of honey to enhance marinades, mustards, vinegars and sauces and bring out all their flavour.
  • For all your pastry, candy and baking needs, honey products fit the bill perfectly.
  • Reimagine teas, coffee, cocktails and infusions with the natural sweetness of honey.
  • Add a touch of honey to ice cream, yogurt or milkshakes for that wholesome, natural flavour.
  • Replace white sugar with honey.225 g (1 cup) white sugar = 345 g (½ cup) honey.* *Reduce other liquid ingredients in the recipe by 60 ml (4 tbsp) as honey is 20% water. For pastries, also reduce baking temperatures by 15°C (25°F).
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Benefits and nutritional value

Prized by athletes, honey is a food that’s loaded with energy and contains the kind of sugars that are easily assimilated by the body. It contains glucose and fructose as well as vitamins and minerals, including iron and calcium. Honey and its derivative products (pollen, royal jelly, propolis) are widely recognized for their therapeutic properties. They contain no preservatives, artificial flavours or unhealthy additives unlike other syrups.

Low in calories and glycemic index

Honey contains fewer calories than most other sugars and syrups on the market. In fact, a tablespoon of honey contains only 65 calories.

Rich in minerals and antioxidants

Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, honey contains zinc, potassium, manganese and riboflavin.

Therapeutic qualities

Valued for centuries for its therapeutic properties, honey was used by our ancestors to fight infections and to speed the healing of wounds. It possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties as well as qualities that promote digestion. Today, much research has been conducted that supports these uses, with hospitals using honey to help heal incisions postoperatively. See our video on honey’s therapeutic qualities..

Benefits for skin

Honey is also used in the preparation of a number of beauty products. It is considered to have wrinkle fighting properties and the power to smooth skin’s texture and shrink pores.

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A bit of history...

The origins of honey and beekeeping go back a very long time. It’s depicted in a number of papyruses and paintings or engravings on Egyptian temple walls. And the history of honey is far from restricted to countries circling the Mediterranean. Honey figured prominently in the Aztec world, used in a cocoa beverage that was flavoured with chilies and vanilla. What’s more, Amerindian peoples used honey in corn porridge and Chinese writers describe beekeeping in 14th century BC. In addition to its popularity as a food or condiment, honey has been used since antiquity to beautify the skin and heal wounds.

How is honey made?

Honey is made from the nectar of flowers. By flying from one flower to another, bees harvest the nectar which is then stored in the hive’s individual cells. Then, with help from the beating of the bees’ wings, the nectar is actually sweetened and transformed into honey. It’s then stored as the bees’ reserve food supply. Amazingly, it takes 7000 hours of work for the bees to produce 500 grams of honey. A hive produces an average of 40 kg of honey per year. Quebec beekeepers generally harvest the honey twice a year, once at the end of June and a second time at the beginning of September.

Types of honey

Depending on the kind of flowers visited by the bees, honey takes on a specific aroma, flavour and colour. There are several different varieties of honey in Quebec, notably clover, wildflower, blueberry, raspberry, goldenrod, linden, apple, buckwheat and dandelion. Generally speaking, the clearer a honey is, the milder and sweeter its flavour, while a darker honey will have a more pronounced flavour.