Making Fennel flavored Honey at home is easy to do with very little equipment. Honey is perhaps one of the best natural preservatives ever discovered, having remarkable shelf life, and was even found in tombs in Egypt, still viable!
Clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid
Salad Spinner or Two Clean Kitchen Towels
Kitchen Shears or Chopping Board and Good Chopping Knife
Sheet of Wax or Parchment Paper
Fresh, Clear Honey
Whole Leaf or Chopped Fennel
1. Fill the glass jar half way to the top with fresh honey.
2. Place either the chopped or whole leaf Fennel into the jar, packing loosely, using the bamboo skewer to make sure the leaves are dispersed evenly throughout the honey.
3. Top off the herb infused honey with more honey to fill the jar.
4. Tighten the lid onto the jar and label.
Because Honey has a way of crystallizing, it is best to keep the jars out of direct light, in a dark cupboard or pantry. If the honey does crystallize, fill a small cooking pot with 2 inches or so of water and place the jar of honey in the center. Gently warm up the water over medium heat on your stove to heat up the honey, stirring occasionally to disperse the honey crystals until all of the honey is smooth again. Do not bring to a boil. Overheating the honey will break down some of the properties of the honey!
Fennel Honey is great added to hot tea to help alleviate constipation and heartburn and to relieve the symptoms of PMS and menopause.
It is delicious dribbled over hot breads and muffins and as a glaze for pork roasts and hams.