There are over 300 unique types of honey in the U.S. The Good Food Awards will showcase honeys most distinctive in clarity and depth of flavor, produced by beekeepers practicing good animal husbandry and social responsibility. From rooftop urban hives to busy bees pollinating organic orchards and meadows filled with wildflowers, awards will be given out in Liquid & Naturally Crystallized, Creamed, Comb and Infused Honey subcategories. Amina Harris, Director of the Honey and Pollination Center, is chair of this year’s awards.

Click here to see the full criteria, the list of judges and committee members, and to enter your honey in the 2016 Good Food Awards.
Recipe of the Month
Frozen Bananas Dipped in Mexican Chocolate Ganache and Spicy Honeyed Peanuts (Adapted from

Author Notes: This rich and satisfying handheld treat marries the creamy sweetness of a frozen banana with the deep and spicy undertones of a dark chocolate ganache infused with cinnamon. Peanuts roasted briefly in a coating of honey, cinnamon, and ground New Mexico chile, then dusted with flaky sea salt, add the perfect crunchy counterpoint, with a kick that keeps you coming back for another bite. It's one of my childhood treats -- my parents owned an ice cream parlor, and there was always a tray of frozen bananas dipped in crackle chocolate and rolled in nuts available. Now, I've recreated it for an adult palate. (less) —indieculinary

Click here to see the ingredients and full recipe for these Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas.

Amina Harris, Center Director, in Civil Eats

"With her honey flavor wheel and honey library, this expert wants to change Americans' relationship to a controversial sweetener," writes Amber Turpin for Civil

A primary focus of Harris’ recent work has been creating the Honey Flavor Wheel, a thorough tool for understanding the wide range of flavor characteristics present in honey, while expanding vocabulary we use to describe it. Now, instead of simply describing the 300-plus varietals of honey as “sweet,” we can contemplate their sassafras, ash, baked bread, or cassis elements.

Buy a honey flavor and aroma wheel here.
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