YT, the 'average' pallet would find the Manuka honey rather unpalatable. I will be able to tell you more later, as I have some coming from NZ, but I have not eaten it recently enough to be an expert on it right now. George finds it quite sumptuous. It has so many flavonoids (originating from the plant kingdom) that it borders on being poisonous; this is why it is promoted mostly as a topical dressing. This does not keep heaps of people from ingesting it generously, but then they drink milk and take chemo generously too.
To answer the question about the most common honey in the market, one first needs to ask, Which Market? By volume, in the Western World, it would probably be Clover, from the pasture plant known as White Clover, as it is produced in all continents especially at latitudes greater than say, 30 Degrees and is popular in markets with a high disposable income.
However, just what kind of honey the Chinese are eating is beyond my knowledge. The sheer size of their population would make their figures very interesting. Up until recently, I suspect they would have exported most of what they produce, simply because their masses would not have had the purchasing power to compete with foreign consumers for it.
In the West, the larger the population, the more the honey production decreases, when quite the reverse seems to be happening in China. So some of our present and coming honey shortages may well be because more and more Chinese are starting to buy their own local product. Conversely, the Chinese may be stretching their own diminishing supply with rice syrup too. It doesn't pay to assume we know much at all about China. It is a bit like the People of Zimbabwe who consume precious little of the platinum they produce.
Just allow that if half of the flowering plants secrete nectar suited to the bees, and 20 percent of that batch produce nectar copiously enough to warrant the honey becoming a major market player, that means the number or various honey flavours worldwide would be the number of flowering plants times ten percent; so, the infinite number of varieties would be entirely overwhelming.
The most common supermarket honey would probably be a blend. Some honey gets blended in the beehive, some in the extracting plant the beekeeper uses, and much more in the processors factory who tries to market a uniform product regardless of where it came from and what properties it had. Just how much honey is used in the manufacturing of other foods is an unknown, but is probably constantly diminishing, as more and more honey shortages push more 'manufacturing grade' honey onto the retail side.
Straight line honey is a strong possibility (100% from the same plant species) but only in times of major nectar flows. The rest of the time, the bees gather nectar from a variety of plants, and although they may not do so on any single day, over the time of filling that hive with honey it is likely they will, as weather changes interrupt and influence each plant's nectar secretion in varying ways. On 'the day' however, the bees are quick to identify which floral type is secreting the 'best' nectar of them all, and they will work that one predominately. Hence, most honey is something less than 100% sourced from one plant species. It is the predominating flavours, colours and characteristics that we 'name' that crop on.
I fear most food processors who want to use the word "honey" in their labeling will be using seriously diluted product. This is one of the reasons why they want to import it; if perchance they get sprung using diluted product, they can blame it on some foreign country.
Global statistics on the honey market are not easy to follow and tend to be something of a secret anyway. So a honey expert is one who knows his own local varieties well! Honey is so negotiable (all but a monetary commodity) official figures on production and consumption may or may not be very representative of what really happens. It would be nearly as difficult as trying to determine how many eggs or tomatoes were produced.
Thanks, Guys, for 'bumping' this thread. The 'hounds' don't like using this thread, simply because they do not want it so conspicuously displayed in the amazon forums list. They are far more anxious to see the thread names include words associated with diseases, medicines or scientific discussions. It will be interesting to see how they go about trying to banish us without at the same time bumping us!
Thanks, Dan MS, for your witness. I too am forming habits that encourage me to try the honey first no matter what the malady. At the Farmer's Markets I even work hard to get a taste of it on the tongue of a very glum looking person, just to see how often it puts a smile on their lips. Smiles and honey are a great combination! Smiles relieve a lot of pain too, and are a great starting moment in any healing process. Smiles are death on disease!
Yes, I use the Royal Jelly pretty much continuously, although not religiously. It is just that I usually have it on hand and when I feel my nerves need support I will take it. I have done this for at least the last thirty years. I use pollen in fits and starts, but not regularly. The propolis is a real wonder product! I am a great believer in Propolis.
One of the strongest evidences for the Jelly is seeing how much the big pharmaceutical companies hate it. They know far more about it that we do, and they sure don't relish the thought of having to compete with it, so they denigrate it when required, but mostly they like to just ignore it and hope it goes away. A bit like the hounds not wanting to bump this thread!
Ten thousand people could die of some medicine or procedure the systems promote, and there would not be a word said, but let one person die who had recently been using the Royal Jelly, and the News Media folk will make a federal case out of it! So it simply says this to me: "If they are against it, I am for it!"
Time for sweet dreams again.
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