What’s better than one sweet treat? Combining it with something even sweeter. That’s the “sweet-tooth” answer to the question: Do strawberries and honey go together? The two are very different, but they go together swimmingly in a lot of scenarios.
Strawberries and Honey: Similarities and Differences
The fact that one is a fruit and one is a sweet organic liquid sourced from bees makes them different enough, but from a “food” perspective, there are certain differences and similarities you need to consider when you are experimenting with the strawberry and honey combination.
A major similarity between the two is that they are both sweet, but even in this area, there are characteristic differences. Strawberries are sweet but with a tinge of acid that varies quite drastically with the ripeness of the fruit. Honey is always sweet, and if what you are tasting is not sweet, it’s probably not honey.
Another thing the two are similar at is the subtlety of taste when it comes to different variants. To most people, most strawberries would taste the same, and the principal difference would come from how ripe they are and not what type they are. Similarly, relatively few people differentiate the subtle differences among honey from different sources.
Health Benefits of Honey
Honey has a relatively different set of benefits compared to strawberries.
- Raw honey is full of antioxidants, thanks to a variety of plant compounds “used” to make it. Honey contains a similar antioxidants content as many fruits and vegetables do. This means honey can offer many similar benefits. That includes the prevention of cell damage caused by free radicals.
- These free radicals are not very good for the body. They have been linked to the aging process as well as the development of chronic illnesses, including cancer and heart disease.
- One type of monofloral honey (which comes from bees sitting on one particular flower), Manuka honey, is known to accelerate the healing process and decrease infection. However, not every store-bought bottle of this honey might offer similar benefits. Honey used in hospitals is medical-grade and goes through a certain process. It’s usually thoroughly inspected and is sterile.
- Polyphenols, antioxidant chemicals found in honey, have been shown to help prevent heart disease in studies.
- Honey is occasionally used to cure digestive problems like diarrhea. However, there isn’t a lot of evidence to back it up.
- It’s also prebiotic, so it feeds the beneficial bacteria in the intestines, which are important not only for digestion but also for general health.
- Do you have a cold? Take a teaspoon of honey and try it. Honey is a classic, time-tested remedy for sore throats. When you get a cold, mix it into hot tea with lemon.
- It also has a cough suppressing effect. Honey has been shown to be as efficient as dextromethorphan, a popular component in over-the-counter cough medicine.
The health benefits are an important “motivator” to help you find different ways and recipes where strawberries and honey go together.
Find more like this: Types of Strawberries | When Do Strawberries Bloom? | Do Squirrels Eat Strawberries? How to Prevent? | How Often Should I Water Strawberries? | When Do You Plant Strawberries? When is The Strawberry Season?
Different Ways to Combine Honey And Strawberry
These two sweet delights can be combined in various ways in desserts. Both are sweet and can be paired in various ways with other ingredients to create a variety of desserts. But desserts are not the only food “realm” these two can be combined in.
In a bowl: A good thing about the honey and strawberry combination is that you can eat both of them raw (preserving the maximum nutritional benefits) out of a bowl. You can dip the fruit directly in honey and consume it. You can mix lime in honey to bring out the sour flavor to counter the extra sweetness honey brings to the mix. An unusual combination would be to mix a little black pepper in honey. And then dip the strawberries in.
On a grill: That might be the last thing you want to see these two ingredients together in, but it works. You can brush the berries with a bit of honey and put them on the grill. With the right heat, you can turn it into a unique “caramelized” treat. It doesn’t take too much time but tastes amazing.
In a dip: With a few chopped strawberries, cream cheese, yogurt, and a tablespoon of honey, you can whip up (literally) a tasty dip. You just need to mix and mush strawberries and, in a separate bowl, whisk the others. Combine the two, and you have a dip ready to go with biscuits or even raw strawberries.
In a cocktail: In a small saucepan, combine blueberry honey, filtered water, orange juice, and 2 cups cut strawberries. Bring to a moderate boil, then lower to low heat to keep it warm. Allow for a 5-minute simmering period.Remove the saucepan from the heat and, using a spoon, crush all of the strawberries in the saucepot to a pulp, then set aside to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour into a bowl using a fine-mesh strainer or moistened cheesecloth, pushing on the particles with a spoon to extract as much liquid, color, and taste as possible.
A sorbet: Freeze a pound of strawberries by placing them flat on a baking sheet. You may, of course, skip this step if you’re using frozen strawberries. Once your fruit is frozen, combine it with the juice of half a lemon, vodka (1 teaspoon, optional), and honey (1/4 cup) in a food processor or mixer. Depending on the level of sweetness you seek in your sweets, you may choose to add more or less honey than suggested in the recipe, depending on how ripe your strawberries are.
A butter: Smooth, creamy, and overflowing with fresh tastes, Strawberry Honey Butter is a must-try. Spread this strawberry butter on your bagel, toast, or muffin and enjoy the amazing sweetness of the most delectable strawberry butter you’ll ever taste. The Strawberry Honey Butter is quite easy to make. You break down and boil the strawberries, drain out the seeds, and then combine with melted butter once they’ve cooled. You stir until all of the ingredients are combined into one amazing Honey Butter that you can use on everything.
A jam (Classic): This Honey Strawberry Jam Recipe is a delicious way to preserve the summer strawberry bounty. Jam is a great method to use leftover fruit and extend its shelf life. When creating homemade jam, honey is okay to use. When substituting honey for sugar in jams, use 7/8 cup of honey for every 1 cup of sugar in the recipe. That’s because honey is sweeter than sugar.
Strawberries and honey go together swimmingly, despite their substantial differences. While both are sweet, honey’s thick consistency and the sourness and juiciness of strawberries give rise to a lot of unusual and mouthwatering combinations.