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Gift the Goodness of Honey

utmt gifting honey

The practice of gifting honey seems to be as old as man. It has been a traditional gift for many occasions. Bees and honey have been around for as long as we can find records. One of the oldest is a painting in spider cave, near Valencia, Spain dated between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. What they did with this golden treasure and how they used it has disappeared with them. However, there have been records that provide clues to the use of honey as a gift tradition. The question then is, where did we get this custom to give honey on special occasions?

As far back as 30 B.C., in ancient Egypt, honey was used in the households as a sweetening agent. It was highly valued and was often paid as a tribute or as payment. By the 7th century B.C. Greeks were gifting honey to the Gods and to the departed spirits as a sacrificial offering. Fast forward to the 11th century, German peasants followed the path of the Egyptians in gifting honey to the feudal lords as payment.

The exchange of gifts is a key aspect of many cultures worldwide. What you give is just as important as how and when you give it. The giving of gifts is a language of symbols, and giving honey is like sweet poetry. Thoughtful gifts go a long way. They mark the thing you’ll be remembered by.

Honey is one of the many ways to ease the burden and sweeten this gift-giving process. Flavoured honey is among the easiest and most delicious herbal treats. Not only is it a unique gift, it is healthy — both for your body and mind. Honeybees are found all over the world and so are the delicacies that include their sweet honey: Spanish tapas, French sauces, British biscuits and Turkish cakes. Honey is a globally recognized and treasured resource that enriches many different cultures through their recipes and cultural traditions. This festive season, when considering what to give your loved ones, friends, neighbours or coworkers—think about giving the gift of honey.

The honey manufactured by Under The Mango Tree’s farmers is organic and pure. We have various gifting options that suit all kinds of occasions — be it corporate, birthdays or anniversaries. In addition, 10% of your purchase directly impacts the livelihood of farmers in rural India through our Bees for Poverty Reduction Initiative.

 

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Christmas Cake – Fig and Honey

This week we’re going to show you how our deliciously dark UTMT Wild Forest Honey can be used perfectly to create a rich Christmas cake!

You will need:

750g mixed dried fruit
100g blanched whole almond, roughly chopped
100g chopped peel
200g dried fig, roughly chopped
100g glacé cherry, well rinsed and quartered
300g plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp grated nutmeg
zest 1 lemon
250g lightly salted butter
250g light sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp UTMT Wild Forest honey
1 tbsp black treacle
4 large egg
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp milk
3 tbsp brandy

Procedure:

Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Line the base and sides of a 20cm cake tin first with a double layer of brown paper, then with a double layer of baking parchment. In a large bowl, mix the fruit, almonds, peel, figs and cherries. Turn well and add the flour, spices and lemon zest. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar thoroughly, then add the vanilla extract, honey and treacle. Still beating, incorporate the eggs, then stir in the fruit and flour mixture. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and stir in thoroughly. Add the brandy by the spoonful, until you have a soft dropping consistency.

Turn the batter into the cake tin and make a dip in the middle using the back of a spoon. Bake for 3½ hrs, then insert a skewer – if it comes out clean, it’s ready. If there is any cake mix on the skewer, give it 10 mins more and test again. When it’s done, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool in its tin. The next day, remove from the tin, wrap in fresh greaseproof paper, then put it into an airtight tin or wrap tightly in foil. The usual thing is to keep the cake for at least a month before icing it, and to unwrap and sprinkle it occasionally with more brandy.

Fig & honey Christmas cake

Source: BBC Good Food
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Wild Forest Honey Iced Coffee

UTMT Wild Forest Honey Iced Coffee

Here’s a summer cooler that won’t take you more than 3 mins to prepare.

You would need – freshly brewed coffee (cooled)
5 ice cubes
UTMT Wild Forest Honey

Here’s how its done!

Stir 1 tbsp UTMT Wild Forest Honey in the cooled coffee
Place the ice cubes in a separate tall fancy glass
Pour the coffee mixture in the tall glass with ice cubes
Add half a tbsp. UTMT Wild Forest Honey as topping

Enjoy This Summer Drink with a Dash of Forest Mystique