The Honey Flavor
& Aroma Wheel

The First-Ever Honey Flavor Guide
is Making News Far and Wide

Mea McNeil, a member of the Honey and Pollination Center's Advisory Committee and writer for the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture Magazine, discovered the Honey Flavor and Aroma Wheel in the spring 2015 issue of edible: Marin & Wine Country magazine.


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A full-day of presentations, lectures, Q&A's, and interactive displays on the theme of bee health and management. Presented by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis.
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Recipe of the Month
Honey-and-Lavender-Glazed Chicken
Serves 4

The powerful flavors and fragrance of the herbs create a woodsy tang mingled with the sweetness of the honey. The skin of the chicken crisps to a glistening dark mahogany, while the meat beneath remains tender.
  • 4 teaspoons lavender dried, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons minced lavender leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (halves)
  • ¼ cup strong flavored honey such as lavender or acacia*
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
In a mortar with a pestle or in a spice grinder, grind 2 teaspoon of the lavender flowers, leaves, thyme, peppercorns and salt.
Rub each chicken breast with about 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Place the chicken breast, skin side up, on a baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and baste the chicken thoroughly with the honey. Sprinkle all but 2 teaspoons of the remaining herb mixture evenly over the chicken breast. Return to the oven, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and roast, basting frequently with the pan juices until the juices run clear when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 20 minutes longer. Frequent basting is important as the honey, once warm, pours off the chicken into the pan and regular basting insures the honey flavor of the finished dish.
Remove the oven and serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining 2 teaspoons of the lavender flowers.
Serves 4
*To make this a Calif.-specific recipe, substitute sage or orange blossom honey
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Learn how to describe your honey tasting experience using the new Honey Flavor Wheel, which gives a huge lexicon to the tastes and aromas we find when tasting honey. The wheel production follows six months of research and development.

This wheel will prove invaluable to those who love honey and want to celebrate its nuances. The front of the colorful wheel has all of the descriptors – the back explains how to taste honey and shares four honey profiles so consumers can learn how to use this innovative product!
Picnic Day at the Honey and Pollination Center
April 18
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Robert Mondavi Institute
Good Life Garden
Join us on picnic day for honey tastings, crafts for kids, an observation beehive and showings of the DisneyNature film "Wings of Life." Come take a picture in our bee costume! UC Davis Honey will be on sale for $10 a jar.
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