Playing to the sweet spot of Egyptian tongues more than 5,000 years ago, honey is the world’s oldest sweetener. Still valued for its natural goodness, the golden elixir is recognized today for its exceptional antioxidant qualities, which make it an immunity-boosting powerhouse with antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Researchers in a Penn State University College of Medicine study found honey more effective than dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) at reducing the frequency and severity of nighttime coughing in children. Honey soothes the throat on contact and is thought to activate endorphins. To enhance immunity, enjoy 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey a day.
Choose It & Use It
Honey keeps baked goods tender and lends fatfree richness to dressings, smoothies, and sauces. Unique flavors and colors, such as orange blossom, lavender, or sage, let you select the one that strikes your fancy or complements the flavor profile of your dish. Caution: children under 12 months old should not ingest honey.
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Honey-Glazed Tofu on Pumpkin Seed Couscous
Cracked black pepper—a coarser grind of the kitchen staple—lends a lightly spicy flavor without the bite of fresh chiles or hot sauce. If you can’t find shelled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas), substitute your favorite chopped nuts.more
Autumn Apple Salad with Pomegranate
Fuji, Ginger Gold, and Pink Lady apples are good choices here because they resist browning.more
Honey-Baked Quince with Cardamom-Spiced Yogurt
The oven does all the work in this recipe. As the quince bakes, it fills the kitchen with delicious aromas.more