Issue March 2017
The green, peppery heat of Jalapeño is perfectly paired with the floral sweetness of golden honey. This sweet heat flavor can be used as a nut coating, in candy and in alcoholic beverages.
According to the National Honey Board, there are 300 unique types of honey available in the U.S. The color and flavor of honey differs depending on the nectar from which it is made. Bee Culture Magazine reported that the U.S. consumed 486.3 million pounds of honey in 2015. U.S. consumers’ interest in honey is evidenced by the 1,695 new honey products that were introduced in North America in 2016 tracked by Mintel’s GNPD. Do not forget, September is National Honey Month, so mark your calendars.
A Jalapeño is a fruit and type of chili pepper, which is part of the capsicum plant genus. Capsicum comes from the Greek word Kapos, which means “to bite” and chili peppers are aptly named. The heat of a chili pepper is determined by how much capsicum oil it produces. Chili peppers are ranked on a Scoville scale, which measures the pungency (spicy heat). The red variety of the Jalapeño is a bit milder and sweeter than the green variety. When ripened and smoke-dried, a Jalapeño becomes a Chipotle pepper. The popularity of Jalapeños has led the way to spicier peppers, as consumers crave heat. November is National Pepper Month and January 16 is International Hot and Spicy Food Day.