I’m Obsessed with These Superfood-Infused Honeys
Don’t miss editor favorites like lavender, matcha and more.
A couple summers ago, I stumbled upon a little honey stand in New York City named Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm. I’d always loved honey, but it wasn’t until I tried Zach & Zoe’s that I realized I’d been buying the wrong honey my whole life.
Like many consumers, I had been grabbing the inexpensive plastic bear at the supermarket. After all, honey is honey (or so it seemed). But according to the beekeepers’ website, the average grocery store honey is “nutritionally dead,” stripped of its natural benefits due to pasteurization and filtration. After trying samples from Zach & Zoe, it became abundantly clear that investing a few extra bucks in good raw, unfiltered honey can go a long way.
Zach & Zoe is a family-owned business, named after Summer and Kam Johnson’s children, that produces a wide array of flavor-infused jars of wildflower honey. Each flavor – lavender, matcha, beetroot, ginger, blueberry, raspberry and more – is made with real-deal, high-quality ingredients you can taste and see in every jar. The shop also carries original, unflavored wildflower honey that's just as amazing.
Lavender, my favorite flavor, is filled to the brim with fresh flower buds. Another editor favorite, matcha, is saturated with the distinct, green powder – you can totally use a spoonful to add an extra burst of energy to your morning cup of tea. Michelle Baricevic, online editorial coordinator for Food Network Magazine, gushes, “I could literally eat their Wildflower with Matcha honey all. day. long. [Pre-COVID] I even have a jar of it at my cubicle and eat it by the spoonful throughout the workday.”
The honeys can be used to sweeten drinks, desserts, savory dishes – just about anything, really. But personally, I think the best way to savor the flavor of Zach & Zoe’s blends is with freshly-baked bread. Dip cubed ciabatta in a small dish for a satisfying afternoon snack. Or spread your favorite honey over slices of baguette for a light breakfast. The honeys are so versatile that they can be easily incorporated into your usual diet, but they’re also so distinctly good that they deserve their own spotlight. The honeys are bright, nuanced and just pure joy in a jar.
If all you’ve ever had are plastic supermarket honey bears, I can’t recommend these enough. I promise you’ll taste the difference!