Strawberry tree honey is created when wild honeybees collect nectar from the beautiful but rare evergreen shrub, arbutus unedo, also known as the strawberry tree. While this evergreen is not uncommon, there are few in the world large enough to support wild beehives.
That being said, Sardinia’s Mediterranean coast is home to an astonishing number of grand ancient strawberry trees housing wild hives. Strawberry tree honey has been used by Sardinians (the world’s oldest and healthiest population) since ancient times, for both its truly unique taste, as well as, its remarkable therapeutic properties.
Perhaps for this reason, raw and wild strawberry tree honey remains difficult to find in most commercial markets.
While the benefits of manuka honey are well known, the superior antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits of strawberry tree honey remain one of Sardinia’s best kept secrets.
Rare and hard to produce, raw and wild strawberry tree honey offers health benefits superior to those attributed to manuka honey.
For example, strawberry tree honey was studied and found to have the highest antioxidant activity of any honey, including as compared with manuka honey.
Honey bees produce manuka honey when they source pollen from leptospermum scoparium, a flower also referred to as the manuka bush.
Abundant in New Zealand, this honey has become world renowned for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as, its antioxidant benefits. It has been praised for healing wounds, calming sore throats, and appeasing digestive issues. Its many uses have both traditional and scientific value.
Yet, while manuka honey is indeed powerful, many remain unaware of the comparable and superior benefits of strawberry tree honey. Perhaps because strawberry tree honey, while more potent, is rare and hard to come-by.
Raw strawberry tree honey collected from wild hives near organic strawberry trees has an unsurpassed number of health promoting properties that have been used by the Sardinian culture since ancient times and recently confirmed by modern science.
More specifically, raw strawberry tree honey is considered a(n):
- antibacterial and antiviral
- anti-asthmatic (for bronchial infections)
- urinary antiseptic
- contributor to improved blood circulation
- unmatched source of antioxidants as compared with any other honey, including manuka honey.
As far back as 2014, the scientific community began acknowledging ancient Sardinian knowledge about that medicinal benefits of strawberry tree honey, featuring “the beneficial effects of strawberry tree honey” in International Symposium on Bee Products, 3rd Edition.
Since then, scientific studies have found that strawberry tree honey supplementation has a positive effect on those struggling with cancer, immune-system decline, inflammatory conditions, as well as heart disease.
For example, a 2019 publication found that strawberry tree honey inhibits cell proliferation in colon cancer cells. The results were published in the Journal of Functional Foods.
The antioxidants found in strawberry tree honey are the result of a high phenolic and flavonoid content, but not solely. They are also a result of the vitamins, carotenoids, amino acids, and enzymes found in raw strawberry tree honey – all of which support antioxidant activity.
Raw strawberry tree honey is not only praised by those who know it for its therapeutic properties, but also for its unique culinary flavor.
Raw strawberry tree honey offers a strong, often bitter, and decisive flavor largely influenced by both its origin and age. Initially a viscous and creamy texture, with a dark amber color, and hints of bitter herbs, green ivy, and ground coffee. A truly unique ingredient to have in the kitchen.
Over time, through the process of crystallization, the texture, color, and flavors of raw strawberry tree honey transform; making it not only unique, but also, a versatile ingredient. Ideal for aging, its bitterness decreases over time as its color fades to light brown.
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Raw strawberry tree honey can be enjoyed on its own (for pleasure as well as health).
- At breakfast, melted over fresh toast with a dab of butter.
- As an appetizer, served with Crispy Pane Carasau and dried/cured meats.
- Or for dessert, mixed in fresh cheeses such as robiola, ricotta, mascarpone, or yogurt.