September 7, 2022

“Dip the Apple in the Honey” but Not Just Any Honey this Rosh Hashanah

New York…Honey, used on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize sweetness as in a sweet New Year, is inherently kosher but kashrus organizations warn that once the honey is tampered with in any way such as adding flavor kosher certification is required. The Star-K Kosher Certification explains it this way: “Honey is usually described by the flower from which the bees draw the nectar. One of the most popular varieties of honey, Clover Honey, has been processed by the bees from the nectar of the clover plant. Orange Blossom Honey comes from nectar that originates from orange groves, where the bees have sucked the nectar from orange blossoms and transformed it into honey. However, some companies flavor their honey with an orange flavor and call it “orange honey.” This orange flavored honey would require a hechsher, as flavors can be composed of various non-kosher ingredients. One should always check the label carefully to verify that the product is 100% pure honey with no added flavors.”

Food experts have been watching various trends in honey, such as “spicy honey.” People are whipping up dishes with spicy honey 60% more this year than last, and are using the hot-and-sweet condiment on chicken dishes, sweet potato sides, and even as a glaze on a pizza! David Noll discovered Manuka Honey while traveling to far off New Zealand with a guitar in one hand and a surfboard in the other. He had no idea that his voyage to the other side of the world would change the course of his professional and personal life forever. In 1987 David founded the company PRI and became the first to introduce Manuka Honey to the U.S. , which is certified kosher. Manuka Doctor is another company which sells honey and is certified kosher by the United Orthodox Hebrew Congregations of New Zealand, based in Auckland.