You may not know it, but you might be a victim of fake honey!
A few days ago, I attended the launch of this authentic, premium, quality, pollen-packed honey. It is pronounced lang-neh-seh. I must have been cross-eyed because I have been reading it as langanese when I received their invitation!
Germany’s #1 honey, Langnese Honey, is now in the Philippines!
Langnese Honey is primarily known for its purest and most versatile flavors.
Langnese is the #1 honey brand in Germany. It is a reputable, family-owned brand that started in 1927, and Langnese has the seal of approval from Germany’s Honey Ordinance and European Standard Basic Principles that strictly requires the safest and unadulterated quality. Meaning, it should be raw, unfiltered, and residue-free, with a limit of between 16% – 21% water content only. With Langnese Honey, it doesn’t only surpass these requirements, its name is a seal of guarantee that nothing is added nor removed from it!
You can learn more about the benefits of honey here.
The following honeys are available, and I was able to try them all!
- Acacia – this honey is delicious! I don’t know what it is, but the taste reminds me of candy; it is nice with breakfast staples like pancakes, waffles, etc…
- Golden Clear – this one is what we imagine regular honey tastes like
- Wild Flower – to my taste, this seemed the most citrus-y flavored, and in my mind, also tastes like sunshine and meadows
- Lavender – this was the most neutral tasting one with no strong flavors, so it will do well used to sweeten teas, cakes, etc…
- Black Forest – the most premium honey – it only comes from the Black Forest area of Germany. To me, it tastes like dates or prunes. And if I didn’t know it was honey, I would have thought that it was a date syrup. It is very nice to eat on its own. It is very flavorful, but very hard to cook with for traditional European recipes because of its strong flavor. However, Marriott Hotel Manila Executive Chef Meik Brammer told us that he tried it with stir-fries and this honey works really well with Asian stir-fries.
NOT ALL HONEYS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Did you know that when a honey comes back negative for pollen test, it’s a sure sign of ultra-processing?
The respected Cleofas R. Cervancia, Professor Emeritus, UP Los Banos, and President of the Apimondia Regional Commission for Asia, discussed the results of a study her group has made when they tested the different honeys available in Philippine supermarkets.
She’s not only cute, but has that aura that makes you want to nominate her for the Best Professor Ever Award! She gave me the impression of a soft-spoken, but dedicated researcher.
PHYSICOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF COMMERCIAL HONEY FROM SELECTED SUPERMARKETS IN METRO MANILA
I won’t bore you with the study details, but they tested 39 honeys bought from supermarkets in Metro Manila.
14 were local
25 were imported
They measured the samples against the very strict EU standards, as well as the laxer International Honey Commission standards.
Out of the 39, only 2 samples passed the EU standards! That means only 2 brands available in Metro Manila pass the European Commission standards for honey. Including the recently launched Langnese, that makes 3!
22 samples passed the International Honey Commission standards.
Low quality / adulterated honey has:
- High Moisture Content
- High HMF
- High Apparent Sucrose
and they also found a lot of FAKE HONEY!
Omg! They’re faking honey!
- Only 6 out of 14 local honeys were authentic! That means 8 brands sell fakes!
- 18 out of 25 imported honeys were authentic.
The fake honey was mostly sugar syrup, colored and flavored to look like honey. That’s terrible! Now that you know, stop buying honey that is just sugar syrup! You’re not getting any health benefits from the fake honey, and you’re also getting all the unhealthy consequences of sugar.
LANGNESE HONEY meets all the EU standards, and is also raw & unfiltered. Raw, unfiltered honey means that it retains all the good benefits of honey that are destroyed by exposure to heat, processing, etc… – meaning it is rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients, and still has all of the enzymes intact.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Langnese Honey is available in supermarkets nationwide, since it is being distributed by Fly Ace Corporation. Here are the suggested retail prices:
Golden Clear 125g – Php 79.25
Golden Clear 250g – Php 151.25
Golden Clear 500g – Php 259.25
Golden Clear 1kg – Php 459.00
Bee Easy 250g – Php 178.25
Bee Easy 500g – Php 324.00
Black Forest 250g – Php 189.00
Black Forest 500g – Php 345.45
The prices are actually not as high as I expected for imported, quality honey.
FOOD MADE WITH LANGNESE HONEY
After telling us all about the bees, it was finally time to have lunch! The Marriott was able to whip up some really delectable dishes using Langnese Honey.
We had a tiramisu with Acacia Honey that was really delicious!
They also shared this recipe for Chicken Avocado Salad with Langnese Spiced Acacia Honey Dressing. Enjoy!
Chicken Avocado Salad with Langnese Spiced Acacia Honey Dressing
By Marriott Hotel Manila Executive Chef Meik Brammer
300 g chicken fillet
4 tablespoons Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 pcs. of red chili
4 tablespoons Langnese Acacia Honey
1 pc. shallots
2-3 tablespoon lime juice
1 small piece of arugula
1 small radicchio (about 180 g.)
1 ripe avocado
50 g salted roasted peanuts
- Wash the chicken breast and tap dry with tissue, season with salt and pepper. Pan-fry the chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of oil for about 12 to 15 minutes.
- Wash the chili and clean thoroughly, cut it lengthwise and de – seed, chop the chili finely. Add the Langnese Acacia Honey, set aside and let it cool.
- Chop the shallots; take out the chicken from the pan and brush all over with the chili honey. Put oil on the pan and sauté the shallot until translucent and mix it with the remaining chili honey. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, lime juice, and salt to taste.
- Clean the arugula and the radicchios. Peel the avocado and de seed. Slice the avocado and mix thoroughly with the salad and honey dressing. Cut the chicken in strips and put it on top of the salad.
Finish off with the coarsely chopped peanuts.
Langnese Honey is imported by Fly Ace Corporation.
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