One of our all-time favorite infusions: hibiscus-infused honey.
This infusion is extra special because we use roselle (hibiscus) grown at local farms, Plant it Forward and Laughing Frog Farms.
Plant it Forward is a Houston urban farm that trains and supports former refugees to grow their own farm businesses. I bought roselle from Constant, a friend of mine at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market. You can spot him in bright Congolese garb and sometimes even a Bee2Bee t-shirt.
Laughing Frog Farm is a permaculture farm in Hempstead, about an hour outside of Houston. The farmer, Glen Miracle, is my neighbor at Urban Harvest. His farm employs organic principles and creates amazing produce, eggs and meats. You can't miss Glen's booth, he's the farmer with suspenders!
To make the hibiscus infusion, we removed the seed pods and dehydrated the flowers. Add those to honey, stirring frequently for a few months and bam - bright magenta hibiscus-infused honey.
What to do with hibiscus-infused honey? Well it’s a great finisher/drizzle for many dishes and desserts. The bright pink color is perfect for Mother's Day and it can brighten up any dish.
PAIRING HIBISCUS-INFUSED HONEY LIKE A PROExpert Honey and Cheese Pairing
Pairs well with soft sheep-milk or mixed milk cheeses.
Add to a vinaigrette or herbal tea!
Try it in a margarita!
Infused honey is the result of combining honey and high quality dried herbs or other dried ingredients, plus time, love, and patience. Once the desired flavor profile is reached, we carefully strain the added ingredients.
Creamed honey is a “controlled crystallization” that allows for small crystals to make the honey spreadable instead of the larger crystals of solid, unprocessed honey.