The desert southwest is certainly the last place some people would think of as a place that produces honey. The National Honey Board says, “The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms). In fact, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States, originating from such diverse floral sources as Clover, Eucalyptus and Orange Blossoms. In general, lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.” There are some distinct pollen sources in Arizona. One company called Absolutely Delightful Honey offers, “Uniquely delicious, natural flavors to include orange blossom, alfalfa, mesquite, desert wild flower, Flagstaff wild flower, catsclaw and camelthorn. From time to time we get small batches of rare honeys like prickly pear or staghorn (cholla) cactus honey.” They are found at four Phoenix-area farmers markets throughout the week. The Benefits of Honey website says, “Honey is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes.” One way to incorporate this energy booster into a diet is to use it as a substitute for sugar. It could be added to teas to make them sweeter and to pastries for a great unique flavor.
Honey is a great product for everyone to eat. Just make sure if someone is allergic to bees, not to include the honeycomb in their honey. The desert southwest has honey distinctive to the area, but so does honey that is produced in other parts of the country and around the world. It is like people can go on adventures just by tasting honey.