Brighton & Hove’s honey is raw – so not pasteurised and retains all the minerals and health benefits. It’s delicious and a healthier alternative to sugar.
Mickelmus Blackman started beekeeping from one hive in his garden in Hove and quickly developed to a few hives before starting his ethical, sustainable beekeeping enterprise.
From his hives dotted around Brighton and Hove, we have the wonderful raw honey – both set and runny.
From his work with other farms in the Sussex area, Mickelmus also produces English Heather Honey and English Borage Honey.
Honey is a sweet, thick liquid made by honeybees. The bees collect sugar – mainly the sugar-rich nectar of flowers – from their environment. It is low in minerals and vitamins, but may be high in some plant compounds.
Honey contains many important antioxidants. These include organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids.
Eating honey may lead to modest reductions in blood pressure, an important risk factor for heart disease.
When applied to the skin, honey can be part of an effective treatment plan for burns, wounds and many other skin conditions. It’s recommended as a natural anti-bacterial face wash instead of soap and a shampoo to help ease dandruff – although these remedies sound a bit sticky, we’re fans of ditching sudsy shampoos so will keep you posted as to how this works – here’s the recipe.
Muir’s dad, always relied on a Victorian cough syrup remedy passed down from his mother. It sounds awful but tastes amazing and really does work without resorting to chemical cough soothers for these mid-season colds.
- Chop an onion and put in a layer in a tub
- Mix a spoonful of honey into the mix
- Leave for a few hours
- The sugars from the honey will draw out the onion juices – just take a spoonful as and when needed to soothe sore throats and coughs
No chemicals necessary here but have to mention that you shouldn’t give raw honey to a baby under a year old.
Healthy Honey Recipes
Lauren Grant’s honey mustard chicken salad, packed full of flavour thanks to a quick fix honey mustard. Instead of using mayonnaise, use yoghurt as a low fat alternative. See more >>>
Sticky soy and honey pork with Asian noodles. Stir-fry mix of egg noodles, sweetcorn, sugar snap peas and peppers. See more >>>
Amanda’s grilled spicy honey lime chicken kebabs. Perfect healthy meal with some sweet potato fries. See more >>>
Raw Cider Vinegar and Elderberry Vinegar
Elderberries have been used for centuries as an immune boosting ingredient in traditional medicine throughout Europe and the Americas. Probably, as studies have shown, they are have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Jane, one of our famous Hedgewitches, combines raw elderberries with cider vinegar and stevia to create her beautiful immune boosting vinegar.
Raw and preservative free, a spoonful of this a day should keep the lurgies away.
It’s great to toss into salads. They can be used to make a delicious tea or syrup. They can also be added to baked goods such as muffins and pancakes, as well as herbal remedies.
Raw (unpasteurised cider vinegar) containing the vinegar mother. Produced and bottled by Ringden Farm at Flimwell, East Sussex.
Cider vinegar is well known for health properties, cleaning and washing. The health benefits of using raw cider vinegar are improved by using vinegar containing the vinegar ‘mother’ – the cellulose produced by harmless vinegar bacteria.
Most manufacturers pasteurise the vinegar before bottling to remove this as it is ‘unsightly’…although it’s a natural part of the fermentation and contains useful enzymes.
Ringden Farm have been harvesting apples and making fresh juices from their orchard for 50 years now and is managed by Chris and his son, John Dench. Bentley’s is their new name created to celebrate Bentley Dench who established the farm half a century ago.
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