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  • This gift box contains:

    1. Wildflower honey (150g)
    2. Bird-eye chilli (50g)
    3. Long Pepper (50g)

    What is Wildflower Honey?

    Zizira's Wildflower honey (multiflora honey) is pure and raw which is obtained from the sun-soaked pollen and nectar collected by bees in the summer months. It is directly sourced from different beekeepers of Thad village, Tynnai village and Wahkhen village in Meghalaya. Wildflowers provide bees with an excellent source of both pollen and nectar.

    Meghalaya is home to many floras, supplying these pollen and nectar. The rainfall and cool climatic conditions also affect the flowers growing every season which gives the honey a unique identity.
    Our honey is in the pure and raw form which may undergo a crystallization process with time and with change in temperature.

    What is Multiflora Honey?

    Multiflora honey is a mixture of honey obtained from different floral sources. It contains all the essential components like vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes in it. With every scoop of this honey, you are sure to discover subtle hints of multiple scents.

    Why Does Pure Raw Honey Undergo Crystallization Process?

    If your honey bottle is solidified or has a creamy texture. It means you are witnessing a natural process called “Crystallization” which is perfectly normal for raw and pure honey.

    It is a natural and uncontrolled process that happens when the glucose (or sugar content) in honey loses water and takes the form of crystals which is due to change in temperature. Other honeys that are available in the market undergo a heating process known as pasteurization to maintain the consistency of the honey. This method can make it stay liquified for a long period, but it reduces the nutrients in it. So, observing a sign of crystallization in your honey indicates that it is not processed and is raw.

    How to Decrystallize Honey?

    To turn your crystallized honey into liquid again, a gentle heat technique is followed.

    1. Boil water in a container and remove it from heat.
    2. Place the jar of honey in it making sure the water does not reach the top of the jar.
    3. The honey slowly liquefies. Repeat the process if the honey is still solidified.
    4. The jar can also be kept under the sun till it liquefies.

    Note: It is not recommended to microwave raw honey or to put it in direct heat as this may destroy some of its essential nutrients.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Wildflower Honey?

    Wildflower raw honey does not have an expiry date, but the crystallization process can change the color and taste of the honey which is a natural process that can easily be resolved.

    What is Bird’s Eye Chilli?

    Bird’s eye chillies are common chillies of India. They are hot, but decent enough to be used regularly in Indian meals. They are grown organically widely in Meghalaya and provide great taste to your meals.

    In March, the field is made ready, by clearing and burning the foliage and in April the field is ploughed, and the seeds planted.

    By June, the saplings are be ready to be transplanted. September is the month that the bird’s eye chilli is ready for harvesting! All of the six months, that is all. Extra hands are hired only during the planting and harvesting months.

    Bird’s Eye Dry chili grows in plenty in Northeast India. It is called ‘sohmynken khnai’ in the local Khasi language, the literal translation is ‘mouse chili’, because of the small size.

    It is also known as Thai pepper. It falls in the list of world’s hottest chilies with the hotness of 50,000 to 100,000 heat units.

    Some say the Bird’s Eye Chilli gets this name from the fact that chili seeds look similar to the eyes of a bird. It is also said that it is called Bird’s eye chili because birds widely spread the chili seeds across different regions. It grows in North East India and in some parts of Kerala where it is known as Kanthari Mulaka.

    This chili is hot and pungent. It uplifts the delicacy of a dish by adding a certain zing, color, and flavor to it. Bird’s eye chili is high in Capsaicin which creates its primary taste.

    What Is the Shelf- life of Bird’s Eye Chilli?

    The shelf-life of dry chillies does not get much affected by time. Whole chilies and chili flakes are more durable, retaining good flavors for up to twelve months if they are properly stored.

    What is Long pepper?

    Piper longum is a popular spice of Meghalaya. It is known as “Pippali” in Sanskrit and in our local language khasi, it is known as “Sohmarit khlaw”.

    It is referred to as long pepper as the fruits are long and slender and looks a little like dried green chillies as the spikes on its surface looks like a rough-skinned version of chilli peppers.

    This produce is not only a native of Meghalaya, but it is also a solid insurance policy for the farmers of Meghalaya.

    Our Long pepper is sourced directly from Pynursla, Meghalaya and it has a bitter, spicy, and warming taste which is perhaps due to the presence of volatile content such as piplatine, piperlonguminine, piperine and other unique chemical components.

    These phytoconstituents are responsible for producing distinctive aroma, flavor, and health benefits.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Long Pepper Powder?

    Our Long pepper powder can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. The powder does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavor or show its benefits as intended.

    Flavor

    Wildflower Honey- A Multiflora Honey

    Derived from the nectar of different flowers, Zizira’s wildflower honey is raw and has a beautiful dark golden color with a smooth consistency. It has a light; fruity and very rich flavor and you can taste a distinct floral undertone that lingers in your taste buds.

    With the experience of the beekeepers, it is known that wildflower honey harvested during the late spring or early summers has a lighter color and flavor whereas the one that is harvested in the late summers or early fall is darker and has a stronger flavor or taste. All this is due to the types of flowers that are available during the time the honey is made.

    Wildflower honey just like any other honey varies from year to year. So, each time you receive a new jar of honey you will observe and experience a variation in its color and flavor.

    Bird’s Eye Chilli

    Bird’s eye chilies come in different colors, including vibrant red, green, yellow, and orange. Sometimes, you will also find black or purple varieties of these peppers.

    Bird’s eye chillies are on the slightly milder side, because of this you will be able to taste some subtle flavors, not just the heat. With every bird’s eye chilli, you will get hints of fruit-like flavors.

    Long Pepper

    Long pepper was once widely used in cooking, even in ancient Rome, to induce a pungent taste to various dishes.

    There seems to be a renewed interest in this spice for its unique flavor and taste. The taste lingers in the tongue. While black pepper stings, long pepper soothes. The spikes of long pepper are ground or broken into coarse pieces and added to soups, stews, roasts, and curries.

    It imparts complex mix of flavors like the earthiness of nutmeg, sweet note of cardamom and cinnamon, the spiciness of chillies, the heat of black pepper and a slight tongue-numbing taste, somewhat like that of winged prickly ash

    Its bitter, spicy, and warming taste is perhaps due to its volatile, fragrant oils and alkaloids like piplatine, sesenine and pipla-sterol.

    In the northeast India it is also used to spice up pickles and preserves, giving them a distinctive aroma and flavor.

    What is Special About Wildflower Honey?

    Zizira’s Wilflower Honey is pure, natural, raw, and unprocessed. It has been tested free of artificial additives, coloring agents or preservative. Its color & flavor depends directly on the source (wildflowers in this case) of the nectar.

    Obtained from the traditional beekeepers of Meghalaya with years of indigenous knowledge, Zizira's pure wildflower honey (multiflora honey) is obtained from sun-soaked pollens and nectar collected by bees in the summer months.

    The beekeepers plant the flowers that the bees love or place the hive in a habitat filled with wildflowers. Hence the flavor of this honey comes from the wildflowers growing naturally around the bee's nest.

    Rainfall and micro-climate affect the flowers growing every season which gives the honey its unique identity. Our Wildflower honey is a clear reflection of the different seasons of Meghalaya which you will experience.

    Local folks from Meghalaya love this honey for its delightful taste and for its multiple all-around uses.

    What is special about Bird’s Eye Chilli?

    Known as the 'little red devil', as the name suggests, adding this chilli into anything you cook will give it an overwhelming punch. On the Scoville scale, they rate between 50,000 and 100,000 Scoville units. They are hot, but decent enough to be used regularly in Indian meals. It is grown traditionally by the farmers of Meghalaya.

    What is special about Long Pepper?

    By default, Piper Longum or Long Pepper is grown organically. Occasionally cow dung cake is used as fertilizer. In most cases, manure is not used at all. Farmers depend on the natural fertility of the soil, which is provided by decaying dead leaves inside the forest areas.

    The spikes of Long Pepper are harvested in January, while they are still green, pungent and tender. The spikes are then dried well in the sun, till they turn grey in color.

    Farmers in the East Khasi Hills districts grow this spice in the forest, as a climber on tree trunks, thus eliminating the need to use a stake for support.

    Why This Product

    The extra mile we take to ensure we provide the best- Our team travels to the most isolated and remote villages to source the best ingredients. We make sure that the ingredients we use in our products comes straight from the farmers and beekeepers who make an effort in providing us with the purest and highly genuine produce.

    These are a few ways how we ensure purity of our products: -

    • Knowing where our ingredients comes from- We deeply care about where each and every ingredient we use comes from. Over the years our team has been able to build up relations with the ethical farmers and beekeepers of Meghalaya and what is important is that we give importance to providing pure and safe products to our customers.
    • Evaluation of ingredients- To provide our customers with the best products, we make sure to select the absolute best ingredients with maximum quality. Both our team and our farmer partners share the same mission and we prioritize on the long-term health of the land. The land is free from all unwanted artificial additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers and insecticides resulting in safe and pure ingredients.
    • Product safety- In the processing of food, we are aware of hazards that can creep in. We do not take chances with any kind of hazard – physical, chemical, or biological. We take every necessary precaution to control them at every critical point in our food processing facility. That is what we are doing with every new harvest of each and every ingredient that we use.
    • Credible, Safe and Wholesome- We follow a similar process for all of Zizira's products. Credible, high standard quality maintenance without excuses. We understand that the choices we make and who we work with, partner with, what and how we serve can make a difference. We believe that our continued effort and diligent work will contribute to the health of our customers, to the prosperity of the farmers as they revive and regenerate traditional farming practices.
  • Health Benefits

    Wildflower Honey: As with the other types of honey, wildflower honey also contains quite a good amount of different nutrients and provides various   health benefits for those who consume it regularly.

    These are a few health benefits of wildflower honey.

    • A good source of antioxidants- It contains many plant chemicals that acts as antioxidants. These antioxidants help in protecting the cells of the body from getting damaged. Consuming antioxidant rich foods may help in reducing the risk of rare diseases.
    • Antibacterial and antifungal properties- These properties in it helps in killing unwanted bacteria that enters the body. It contains a substance in it that acts as an antiseptic.
    • Helps in healing wounds- Raw honey is effective in killing germs and aid in repairing tissues. It will enhance the healing time and lower risk of infections.
    • Soothes sore throat- It is an old remedy that helps in relieving sore throat. It also helps in suppressing cough.
    • Treating diarrhea- Raw honey helps in reducing the symptoms of diarrhea as it soothes the effect of digestions. It will help in treating mild diarrhea in both children and adults. It helps in nourishing the good bacteria that are present in the intestines which are not only beneficial for digestion but our overall health.
    • Useful in weight management- Honey may help in burning out body fats even while sleeping. It will help in increasing the metabolism which in turn helps in reducing weight.
    • Protecting the brain- Honey has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activities in it that is beneficial for the brain. It protects it from damage caused by exposure to lead and some of the constituents in it also helps in fighting inflammation in the brain.
    • Nutritious- Honey contains various nutrients in it that makes it a healthy addition to your diet. The nutrition in it varies with the environments and depends on the types of flowers the bees collect their nectar from. But it still contains healthy compounds such as amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins in it. Honey also contain natural sugars which makes it a healthier option than sugar.
    • Increase athletic performance- Honey is good or is even better than glucose, sugar, or water in boosting the energy of athletes. It is a great source of carbohydrates and sugar and it helps in maintaining glycogen (helps in storing energy) levels and improves recovery time as compared to other sweeteners.
    • Honey is better than sugar for diabetics- Honey increases blood sugar levels less as compared to sugar and it may also lower inflammation, fat levels and bad cholesterol, it is possibly a healthier option for people with diabetes but it should still be consumed with caution.

    Bird’s Eye Chilli: Although Bird’s Eye Chilli is spicy but the capsaicin content in it helps in producing many of its health benefits.

    Here are few health benefits of Bird’s Eye Chilli:

    • Helps in Losing Weight- Hot peppers contain Capsaicin which can speed up metabolism and help the body burn calories faster. This is because Capsaicin increases your body temperature and contributes to an increase in your heart rate. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who eat spicy foods eat smaller portions which can reduce their calories intake.
    • Good for heart- Known to help to improve heart health by improving the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots. Research has shown that low-density cholesterol (LDL or bad cholesterol) resisted oxidation for a longer period (which can clog your arteries) when chili was added to the diet, thus reducing the heart stroke risk. The capsaicin in peppers also fights inflammation, which has been identified as a risk factor for heart disease. Additionally, statistics show that cultures that eat spicy foods frequently have a much lower rate of heart attack and stroke.
    • Improved circulation- Can promote good circulation, and they appear to lower blood pressure. Your body’s temperature is raised; therefore, it increases your blood flow and gets your heart pumping. Peppers help strengthen the blood vessel walls as they are high in vitamin A and C.
    • Anti-cancer- Many studies have shown that regular consumption of chilies decreases the risk of cancer. Capsaicin slows the growth of cancer cells and in some cases, even causes the cancer cells to die off without harming the surrounding cells. In countries where diets are traditionally high in capsaicin like India and Mexico, people tend to have lower rates of some cancers.
    • Improved digestion- Spices also improve your digestion because they increase the hydrochloric secretion of your stomach. This in turn will increase blood flow to the stomach and even increase the mucous lining. Capsaicin also helps to kill bacteria like H. pylori and help to prevent or cure stomach ulcers.
    • Cold and Flu- Capsaicin promotes sweating and eases the discomfort of cold and flu symptoms. It also helps to open up the nasal passages. It may also reduce sinusitis, and other flu symptoms.
    • Improved Sleep Pattern- Researchers have found that people who regularly consumed spicy meals fell asleep more easily. They also woke up easier and had more energy throughout the day.
    • Mood lifter- Chili peppers boost the level of endorphins and serotonin that dulls pain and give us a feeling of wellbeing. It can act as a depression fighter and powerful stress reliever.
    • Improves breathing- Hot peppers act as an expectorant, therefore they can help people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sinusitis, and other respiratory conditions breathe easier. Hot peppers can help you to breathe better by opening clogged nasal passages.
    Long pepper- The fruit contains piperine, steroids, glucosides, pipelartine and piperlonguminine.
    • The piperine in long pepper is said to fight parasites and infective agents.
    • Piper Longum finds mentioned in Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine, particularly for diseases of the respiratory tract, where the powdered fruit is used.
    • The root is used for bronchitis, stomachache, diseases of the spleen, and tumors etc.
    • It also improves appetite. An infusion of the root is prescribed after child-birth to induce the expulsion of the placenta”
    • Indian long pepper consists of a chemical compound called Piper longum which has shown positive activity against cancer.
    • Long pepper is also said to be good for the liver, diabetes, and bacterial infections, apart from a host of other benefits.
    • It is useful for liver and spleen ailments, for diabetes, for  stomach problemsand toothache.
  • Uses

    Here Are 10 Ways You Can Use Wildflower Honey

    1. Honey citrus syrups for soothing sore throat and cold- Mix a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of lemon juice together and consume it daily for soothing sore throat and cold.
    2. Ginger honey for stomach issues- Mix a tablespoon of Honey with half a teaspoon of ginger powder or ginger juice together. You can add this to your teas or consume it directly to get a relief from stomach issues.
    3. Honey as a moisturizer for cracked heels- Warm two tablespoons of honey and add one tablespoon of milk to it. Gently mix it and add 1 teaspoon of orange juice/lemon juice to it. Mix it properly and apply it on the affected area massaging it for a few minutes and leaving it for 45 minutes and rinse. Do this twice a day for better results.
    4. Honey and brown sugar for dry skin- The texture of brown sugar makes it ideal for the removal of dead skin. Mix 1 teaspoon of brown sugar with a tablespoon of honey along with a few drops of olive oil/coconut oil to it. Apply this mixture on your skin and gently massage for a few minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
    5. Honey and coconut water for sore muscles- Coconut water helps in dehydration which is the main reason for sore muscles. Adding a teaspoon of honey to it with a few drops of lemon juice will increase the effect of coconut juice and helps in overcoming dehydration.
    6. Honey and turmeric for oral ulcers- Mixing a teaspoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder together and applying this mixture to sore gums may help in relieving it from pain.
    7. Honey mask for oily hair- This mask incorporates an egg yolk and a tablespoon of honey. Mix them together and apply this all over your hair from roots to tips. Leave it for 1 hour and rinse it with warm water.
    8. Honey spread- Snack it from the jar and use it as a spread on breads, buns, or slices of cakes. It is an awesome pair for baking your favorite cakes substituting your sugar with it.
    9. Honey drizzle- Drizzle the honey over your favorite desserts and fruits. It will give your oatmeal that extra sweetness needed along with a whole bunch of healthy goodness.
    10. Honey as a sweetener- Add a teaspoon of honey as a natural sweetener in your favorite drinks such as juices, golden milk, coffee, or teas.


    Here Are Some Ways You Can Use Bird’s Eye Chilli

    Bird’s eye chili powder can be used for any curry-based dishes and give them a hot spicy punch 

    • Make your buttermilk more interesting by adding finely chopped chili pieces to it.
    • North-East style pickle –Preserve the chilies in Mustard oil and experience the taste of pickle getting better each day for years. 

    Recipes:

    Chicken salad recipe 

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 cup green leafy vegetables (Lettuce, spinach, cabbage, coriander etc.) 
    • 1 bowl of chopped boiled French beans 
    • 1 cup chopped capsicum 
    • ½ cup chopped onion or chives 
    • 15 pieces of dried bird’s eye chilli 
    • 1 cup mashed potato 
    • 1 cup chicken shredded 
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
    • Salt to taste 

    Preparation: 

    1. Start by making your very own homemade mashed potato. Place the peeled potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Bring the water to boil, cover the lid and cook for 20 mins.
    2. Check if the potatoes are soft and break apart easily when pressed with a fork. Drain the water and let the potatoes cool. Mash with a potato masher until there are no lumps and the texture are smooth and soft 
    3. Blanch fresh green beans by taking a large saucepan of boiling water. Add the beans and cook for 4 minutes or until the beans are crisp and tender. Cut them into small pieces. 
    4. Take another saucepan with 2 cups of water and add the chicken breast into it. Bring it to boil. Cook on medium heat; simmer until the chicken meat is no longer pink. Allow the chicken to cool, place in a bowl and shred the meat using a fork.
    5. Now you can add vegetables of your choice. But, for this unique chicken salad recipe, cut a handful of capsicum and onions or chives. Take a chunk of green leafy vegetables – for this you can use lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and coriander – and roughly chop them. 
    6. Take 15 pieces of bird eye chilli and cut into small pieces. You can cut it in the form of strips or shred them accordingly. *You can always reduce the number of chillies, according to your palate for spiciness and heat.
    7. For the dressing – mix vigorously a tablespoon of olive oil and salt 
    8. Toss the salad till the dressing and the ingredients are mixed well and serve fresh. 

    Try out this easy recipe. Unleash your creativity in choosing what goes into the salad and its dressing. Innovate and enjoy every crunch! 

    Here is a recipe you can use Long Pepper

    Long Pepper powder can be used in preparing a soup recipe which is a good addition to a meal as an appetizer and provides a healthy digestion.

    Toor Dal (Pigeon pea) and Long Pepper soup

    Ingredients:

    • 1 finely chopped tomato
    • ¼ -1/2 teaspoon long pepper powder
    • 1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • ½ cup of chopped coriander leaves
    • 1 tablespoon of tamarind sauce/ juice
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 4 curry leaves
    • 1 cup cooked toor dal
    • 3 cups water
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 tablespoon ghee

    Instructions:

    1. Mix long pepper powder, cumin seeds and garlic together and keep aside.
    2. Heat ghee in a pan over medium flame and add mustard seeds along with the curry leaves to it.
    3. Then add the long pepper mixture to it and add salt to it. Sauté till the spices give out a pleasant aroma.
    4. Add water to it and then add the tomatoes and tamarind juice/sauce and mix well. Add the brown sugar and keep stirring.
    5. Let this simmer on medium flame till the tomatoes are properly cooked.
    Add the cooked toor dal, chopped coriander leaves and stir well, letting this soup simmer till the texture becomes thick and creamy. Garnish the soup with some coriander leaves and have it hot.