Washington, DC -- President Obama's Inaugural Luncheon will serve Seaway Trail Honey from Rochester, NY along with dessert.
"My grandfather kept bees so beekeeping has been accepted in my family as a vocation or as a hobby," said beekeeper and owner of Seaway Trail Honey Pat Bono, who has been in the honey business for about 35 years."I do try to maintain a really quality product. The honey is good. I have to admit it."
Seaway Trail Honey is a one of a number of New York State products chosen by Senator Chuck Schumer, chairman of the inaugural ceremonies, to be served during inaugural festivities, including the New York State Inaugural Ball Saturday night.
“We are extremely happy for Pat Bono.” said Mary Ross of the Mohawk Valley Trading Company where they specialize in raw honey. “This exposure is a good for all New York State honey producers.”
"For the dessert course there will be a plate and it will have an apple tart with ice cream on top and then there will be cheese wedges, and actually a cube of honeycomb with honey drizzled on it," Bono continued "It's a big deal. To me it's like a chance in a lifetime to have the President, all these top people in the United State of America, eating the honeycomb that was produced here up in the Rochester area."
Business has increased since news of her honey spread said Bono.
"It still hasn't sunk in yet of how great this is," she said. "I would like to get a program going to promote New York honey, there's a lot of good honey out there."
“Now, if Senator Chuck Schumer had included some New York State maple syrup,” said Ross “that would have been sweet.”
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. Honey bees make honey by collecting nectar from flowers and regurgitating it to store in beeswax honeycombs inside their hive. Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis and one it’s most popular uses is beeswax candles.
The flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from. 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.
Buckwheat was an important crop in the U.S. until the demand declined in the 1960's. Buckwheat honey is not a widespread honey and finding it locally may be difficult because today, buckwheat is primarily grown in the northern states.
Buckwheat seeds are also used or making gluten free flour and buckwheat blossoms are an excellent source of nectar and blooming can continue well into the autumn.
Buckwheat hulls are used as filling for pillows and meditation cushions. The hulls are durable and do not conduct or reflect heat as much as synthetic fills and they are an excellent substitute to feathers for people with allergies. However, buckwheat hull pillows made with uncleaned and unprocessed hulls contain high levels of allergens that may trigger an asthma attack in those who are at risk.
Honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar, however when cooking or baking with honey, it is not necessary to use raw honey since the heat destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Since the flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from, it is a good idea to taste the honey before using it in a recipe. For example; a dark honey like buckwheat honey will result in a strong, heavy, a pungent flavor, whereas orange blossom honey will result in a delicate orange flavor.
Organic honey from the United States is a myth because the country is too developed and uses too many agricultural and industrial chemicals to for the production of organic honey. Honey bees are free-roaming, wild creatures and it is impossible guarantee that while foraging they have not come in contact with prohibited substances, like pesticides.
To get the best price when buying large quantities of honey, look for a company that sells bulk honey which is usually sold in 5 lb., 12 lb. and 60 lb. pails or 650 lb drums.
The Mohawk Valley Trading Company hours of operations are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Reach them at (315)-519-2640 to learn more.
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