12 Days of Christmas – Honey

21 Dec

photo (80)Spotted, a Mayan calendar and . . . it ends tomorrow? Good thing Imperial Yucatán Honey sent me their unique Yucatán Dizidzilche (zee-zeel-chay) honey that is 100 percent raw, natural and certified organic, to enjoy now. It is also one of the rarest honeys in the world. In a handsome package, it comes with a handcrafted Mayan spoon.

There are just eight weeks in the year that the Dizidzilche bush produces its succulent, perfumed white flower. The honey comes from the forests of the lush Yucatan peninsula. There, honey production dates back to pre-Columbian times, when the Maya Empire first mastered apiculture (bee keeping).

Remarkably, the ancient Maya production process is still in practice today – handed down from generation to generation.

One of the best ways to enjoy and savor the aromatic flavor of Yucatán honey is in hot tea. My friend and author Stephanie Tourles created her version of a spicy, ginger-flavored lemonade. Morning Power Shot gives a boost of energy but it is also soothing for upset stomachs.

Morning Power Shot

1/2 cup hot water

juice of 1 medium lemon (1/4-1/2 cup)

2 tsp gingerroot, peeled, very finely minced

2 tsp raw honey

pinch of cayenne pepper

Heat the water to just shy of a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.

Put the lemon juice, gingerroot, honey, and cayenne in a medium mug, and then pour in the hot water. Stir to blend and allow the mixture to steep for 4 to 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger and more potent the ginger becomes.

Drink quickly, ginger bits and all, when the juice blend is comfortably warm.

Yields: 1 serving

Raw Energy (Storey Publishing)

So as we brace for the end of the world (according to the Mayans) I’ll enjoy my steaming cup of tea with their raw honey.

xoxo,

City Girl Country

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