FREE Gourmet Honey Tastings on September 8


In conjunction with Shalom Jacksonville, Native Sun will be hosting TWO gourmet honey tastings on Tuesday, September 8 in honor of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday when a piece of apple is dipped into honey in the hopes of a sweet year. Yum!

Tastings will be held at 4pm at Mandarin and 7pm at Baymeadows. Along with free samples we will also be offering a prize raffle and $1 OFF all Thomas Honey products. These events are free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about gourmet foods, the benefits of honey or Jewish traditions.

We are very excited to have Mike Thomas, owner of Thomas Honey in Lake City, as our host for the event. He will be sampling a variety of different honeys including Gallberry, Orange Blossom, Clover, Wildflower and Tupelo that you can spread onto crisp apples, crackers and fresh bread with cheese to sample. Mike will also have a living bee hive on display to help demonstrate how honey is made!

Here is an interesting video from LA’s Backwards Beekeepers about how they harvest local honey:

Did You Know?
– Honey has been used for over 2000 years for both health and healing purposes including wound care, digestion, sleep aid, asthma, energy, and as a food preservative just to name a few.

– Honey contains about 69% glucose and fructose enabling it to be used as a sweetener in place of sugar in many food and drinks. Further the sugars in honey can be easily converted into glucose by even the most sensitive stomachs making it very easy to digest.

– Allergic to pollen? Honey made from local bees is said to work like an allergy shot. Rather than a drug that relieves symptoms, honey has small amounts of digested pollens that trigger responses in the body, possibly preparing it for the onslaught of pollens common in the spring.

– Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight.

– Honey is good for maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.

– Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can be used as a natural antiseptic. For cuts, grazes, and scrapes, cover with honey and bandage!

– Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body to improve immunity.

– Milk and honey are often paired together in beauty care products as both help in getting a smooth soothing skin.

Please RSVP to Isabel Balotin at Shalom Jacksonville at 904-448-5000 x206 or


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