Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Raw Honey from Mohawk Valley Trading Co - Review and Giveaway, Ends 1/31/14

DISCLOSURE:
I received products from Mohawk Valley Trading Company for the purpose of review.  I received no monetary compensation.  The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).

I love honey. I have done all of my life. My Pop was a firm believer in it's medicinal benefits and healing qualities. Now, he was taught this from his grandmother who was known as a "Root Doctor". In the old days (late 1800s), Root Doctors were about all rural Georgia had.

My great-great grandmother, Hannah Brown, had her husband, Jesse, and her kids and grandkids "take a dose" of honey several times a year (I guess she didn't count honey on biscuits!). She lived well into her 80s... my Pop lived to be almost 91! He was a very healthy man -- it was old age, not disease, that finally came for him.




Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its health benefits and a study published by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, researchers found that buckwheat honey (actually any raw honey) works far better than dextromethorphan (the active ingredient in store-bought cough syrup) at reducing the frequency and severity of coughing episodes for children. Here are a few links to more information about it being more effective than cough syrup as especially for children over one year old:

Medical News Today
ABC News
Science Daily
NCBI.NLM.NIH.Gov

On a December 2012 episode of his show, Dr. Oz talked about his flu prevention checklist and what supplements can help boost immunity and prevent or shorten the lifespan of the flu, sore throat, and the common cold. With Dr. Oz was special guest Dr. Tasneem Bhatia from the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. One of the natural remedy solutions she recommended is taking 1 to 2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey every day.

There is a HUGE difference between the processed, heated, pasteurized, and filtered honey that you find on most grocery store shelves and raw honey that is unheated, unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed, unblended and in the same condition as it was in the hive.

For me, the FIRST thing I noticed is the amazing fragrance of raw honey. It's stronger, more aromatic, and begs for a tasting. Honey from the grocers just don't have that unique fragrance and appeal.




Raw honey is a multi-tasker! I slather it on bagels and toast, sweeten my tea (hot and cold), bake with it.  I've made a hot toddy many times to ease a sore throat and ward off a cold.  I have...just eaten it with a spoon.

While most store-bought honeys look and taste just about the same -- that is NOT the case with raw honey!  Oh no, each flower has it's own personality, fragrance, taste, and colour!  And it's addictive.  Once you've eaten REAL, unprocessed raw honey... you will never look back.

The folks at The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offer the highest quality unprocessed natural products that they can produce: Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar, Honey, Raw Honey, Beeswax, Beeswax Candles, Handmade Soap and Natural Skin Care Products.

I was blessed to receive three jars of their delicious Raw Honey for this review.

1. Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey - From about the last week of October (after we harvest the Autumn Wildflower and Buckwheat Honey) thru April some of our hives are trucked to The Delmarva Peninsula to winter over in a milder climate and to get an earlier start in the spring than they would in Upstate NY. Tulip Poplar and Black Locust trees bloom about the same time and this honey is derived form the nectar of their blossoms. Its dark color is due to the high mineral content. Our raw Tulip Poplar-Black Locust honey is unheated, unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed unblended and in the same condition as it was in the hive.





2. Raw Buckwheat Honey has a deep, dark brown color, strong, pungent, molasses like earthy flavor and is high in mineral content and antioxidant compounds. The benefits of buckwheat honey are many and well known, however, if you are planning to buy buckwheat honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called liquid, regular or commercial honey.

Buckwheat is neither a grass nor wheat, but is a fruit related to rhubarb and is one of the first crops cultivated in the United States. Dutch colonists brought buckwheat to North America where they planted it along the Hudson River. Buckwheat was sometimes called beechwheat, because its seeds look like small beech nuts. Buckwheat was an important crop in the U.S. until the demand declined in the 1960's. Today, it is primarily grown in Northern states such as New York, which is where our buckwheat apiaries are located.

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.




3. Sunflowers are in bloom at the same time summer wildflowers are and since honey bees are free-roaming, wild insects that fly; it is impossible to control where they forage. In some areas where there are miles and miles of sunflower fields it is possible to produce honey where the dominant source of nectar is sunflower; However, that is not the case here. Hence the name Sunflower-Summer Wildflower Honey.




I also received a container of real Summer Wildflower Comb Honey

Comb honey is sections of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb that contain raw honey that have been cut from the wooden frames of a beehive.

It is the rawest honey available and contains all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics that the honey had in the hive.

Comb honey is more expensive than either raw or liquid bottled honey. Bottled honey is extracted from the beeswax comb and the comb is able to be used again. Since the comb is completely removed to produce comb honey, the bees and beekeeper must work harder to produce it.

Prior to the invention of honey extractors, a good majority of honey consumed was comb honey and currently it is in great demand among health enthusiast, honey aficionados, gourmands, connoisseurs and chefs.




Our Summer Wildflower Comb Honey becomes available about Mid-July and about 90 percent of it is pre-sold since we take orders year round on a first come, first served basis.

***COMB HONEY IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME***

The folks at Mohawk Valley Trading Company have generously offered one of my readers the opportunity win the same package (except for the comb honey) that I received.

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win! All entries will be verified!

DISCLOSURE:
I received products from Mohawk Valley Trading Company for the purpose of review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).

87 comments:

Beanybopp said...

I would like to try their body butter

BethElderton said...

Id love to try the Maple Syrup
Mary Beth Elderton

Susan Johnson said...

I'd love to try the maple sugar, the apple blossom honey. Beeswax candles smell heavenly, so I'd love to try those, too... and the goat's milk soap, body butter, and....

Jennifer Marohn said...

I would like to try their syrup! Looks Yummy.

barbara stenby said...

I would love to try their Castile Soap

Pat said...

I'd like to try the maple syrup.

Diana Sweeney said...

I'd love to try the Maple Syrup and the beeswax candles!

patricia thomas said...

I would Love to try the 'Goat's Milk Soap'♥

Carolyn Gonzalez said...

I want to try the Beeswax candles. The decorative egg candle is adorable.

mysweetiepiepie said...

I'd love to try the Summer Wildflower Honey.

slehan said...

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Toystory said...

I'd like to try the Handmade soap!
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Bridge said...

Summer Wildflower Honey sounds delicious, might be due to all the cold weather but I would love some on hot toast! Thanks for a chance at a wonderful giveaway.

Karen F said...

I would like to try the decorative pinecone or egg candle.

Otaku Dreams said...

I'd love to try it all!

Linda Kish said...

I would also like to try their maple syrup.

Marilyn M said...

I would like to try their maple syrup.

Marilyn M said...

I would like to try the maple syrup.

Elena Vo said...

Lavender Goat Soap sounds interesting!

wizardewu said...

I would like to try the maple sugar.

Laura Pelkey said...

The Goldenrod Honey or Beeswax candles.

Paula Michele Hafner said...

I like the pinecone beeswax candle.

kyl neusch said...

the maple syrup

Colleen Maurina said...

I would also like to try their Maple Syrup - yum!

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Howell said...

I would like to try the maple syrup.

Elaine Hearn said...

maple syrup

EverythingSarah said...

id like to try the maple syrup!!!

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Deb Christie said...

I would like to try their pure Maple Syrup.

Denise Adams said...

I really like the beeswax candles

Kurt Cooks said...

I have never had raw honey before. How good is it? I was thinking about getting it from http://www.coxshoney.com/. I really want some for toast.

Kim said...

I love the Goats Milk Lavender Soap!
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lori_oh said...

I would love to try one of the beeswax candles.

jtwark said...

i would love the Maple Syrup

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All Natural Katie said...

I would like to try their beeswax candles.

Helga said...

I like te besax candles.

Lynda Del Castillo said...

I'd Love to try their Goat's Milk Soap.

lemonlaurie said...

Maple Syrup

RICHARD HICKS said...

Want to try their maple syrup!

russrpm said...

The maple syrup would be great.

blew415 said...

The maple syrup

fuzzy48353 said...

Would love to try the maple syrup

jules mcnubbin (buttmuffin) said...

id love the Apple Blossom Honey

tat2gurlzrock said...

I would love to try the syrup also!

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LesleyfromWI said...

Would love to try the maple sugar

Holly S. said...

I'd love to try the Maple Syrup. Thanks!

jill190 said...

Natural Body Butter is the product I would like to try.

Teresa Thompson said...

I would love to try the Maple Syrup.

Karen Drake said...

I would love to try the Maple Syrup.

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I'd like to try the Adirondack Summer and Autumn Wildflower Honey
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Christy McMillan said...

Maple syrup

laurasloves said...

I would like to try their Maple Syrup.
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Jane Thomas said...

The Maple Syrup...yum

Jaime Cummings said...

I would like to try their Maple Syrup

Karrie Millheim said...

I love the handmade soap

Sky Evans said...

I like the maple syrup

contestrobyn said...

I would LOVE to try the maple syrup! :)

Kathleen M Smith said...

I would like to try their Pure, Grade A, Robust, Dark Maple Syrup

~JEWEL~ said...

id like Beeswax Lip Balm

~JEWEL~ said...

Beeswax Lip Balm

Terri said...

I would also like to try the goats milk lavender soap.

patty4899 said...

Maple Sugar, just like I used to get in Canada when we went.

lolo said...

Maple Sugar

Shelton Rogerson said...

I'd like to try the raw apple blossom honey-love honey!

Tiffani P. said...

I would love to try the maple syrup or any of the raw honey they offer. I have never tried raw honey before.

Darby Elizabeth said...

I would like to try the beaswax

Mihaela Day said...

I'd love to try the Maple Syrup :)

Gennie Lancaster said...

I would like to try the Maple Syrup!

dale grim said...

I liked there hand made soaps

lisa said...

Love to try the Maple Syrup

kathy pease said...

I like the pine cone candle

Misha Estrada said...

I would love to try the Maple Syrup.

Rusthawk said...

I like the pinecone candles.

annemarie562000 said...

I would love to try the Maple Syrup!

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virgomomwriter said...

Everything looks great, but especially the Goats Milk Lavender Soap

lmurley2000 said...

I want to try the Raw Orange Blossom Honey

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robyn paris said...

i would like to try the bees wax and the maple syrup or just about all of it.

mary gardner said...

I'd like to try their Goats Milk Lavender Soap!

Kevin Puls said...

I'd like to try their beeswax candles.

brendaelsner said...

I would love to try the Maple syrup.

tina reynolds said...

I would like to try the maple syrup

Brad Merrell said...

Maple Syrup

Lean said...

I love raw honey! It's so good! I also like the beeswax they sell. Thanks for the chance

tlcfromtn said...

I'd like to try the Blueberry Blossom Honey

Sylvia said...

I would love one of their beeswax candles

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