Szechuan Honey 250g

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  • Zizira’s Szechuan Honey is an infusion that has been infused with a famous Asian ingredient that is utilized in almost every Asian cuisine and also possess significant health benefits. It is an infusion that can be utilized profusely for medicinal purposes as it contains powerful phytoconstituents that helps in fueling up the body’s immune system.

    Our Mawsynram honey gets infused with this classic ingredient that is highly nutritious to bring about a refreshing infusion that is loaded with strong flavours and benefits.

    What is Honey Infusion?

    Honey infusions are simple concoctions that serve as a herbal remedy that not only provides maximum benefits but are delicious too. It is the easiest method of combining all sorts of herbs and spices with honey to bring about delicious and unique flavours as well as adding remedial values too.

    Combining the healing properties of various herbs and spices with raw honey is the most effective way of keeping the body free from diseases and helps in boosting the immune system.

    Ingredients in Szechuan Honey

    As the name suggests, Szechuan honey is a blend of natural ingredients that are beneficial as well as flavorful. The basic ingredients in this infusion are:

    Mawsynram Honey- A natural honey that is directly collected from the dense forests of Mawsynram where the flora is in abundance. Our Mawsynram honey is provided to us by our partnered beekeeper, Kong Elvira who hails from Thieddieng village in Mawsynram. This honey is in the pure and raw form and is free from all artificial additives.

    Szechuan pepper- Szechuan pepper is a spicy external covering of berries belonging to the prickly-ash tree scientifically known as Zanthoxylum khasianum. In our local language Khasi, it is called Jaiur that is used as a culinary ingredient. These peppercorns have a sharp, tingling yet flavorful taste and is one the ingredients of the very famous ‘five spice’ powder used by the Chinese.

    Despite the name Szechuan pepper, it does not really relate to the common black pepper instead they are totally different. Szechuan peppers are neither hot like chilli peppers nor pungent like black pepper instead it has an extremely unique aroma and flavour which is slightly lemony and creates a tingling numbness in the mouth.

    Why Does Foaming Occur in Honey Infusions?

    Honey infusion is a combination of herbs and spices with raw honey. This process includes mixing of ingredients together which leads to the formation of air bubbles and froth in the honey. It is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the processing and packaging of these honey infusions.
    When packed in containers, the natural ingredients get infused together and produces a unique and delicious flavour in the honey which gets enhanced with time. The longer you keep your honey-infused, the stronger the flavour will be.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Honey Infusions?

    The flavour of any honey infusion gets intense with time. It is preferred to use the honey infusion within six months from the manufacturing date because when kept for a longer duration, its taste can become extremely strong which may not be preferred by some.

    How Should Honey Infusions Be Stored?

    Although honey is a super-food, it is not a supernatural ingredient. The mixture of herbs and spices in it makes the honey more susceptible to get contaminated with moisture and other unwanted substances.

    To avoid such circumstances, honey infusions should be sealed properly after opening and should be stored in a cool and dry area. Addition of moisture or water to it will make the honey go bad and lead to a fermentation process which gives a sour and an unpleasant aftertaste.

    Flavour

    Szechuan honey has been cautiously created with the intention to provide you with a potent infusion that is loaded with a maximum amount of benefits. It will give you an intense flavour obtained from the Szechuan pepper that is directly sourced from our land Meghalaya and making its consumption very convenient by simply infusing it with the most versatile ingredient – Honey!

    Our Mawsynram honey gets infused with this rich spice that is extremely beneficial. The infusion is blackish in colour and is loaded with a whole lot of strong and tingling flavours that will tingle your taste buds. The consistency of this honey is so smooth that it easily dribbles down a spoon making its consumption more efficient.

    The sweet and fruity taste is so pleasing and satisfying the numbness which follows is quite fascinating! The potent benefits and the burst of flavours it produces make it worthwhile and significantly remarkable.

    What is Special About Szechuan Honey?

    Zizira’s Szechuan honey has been accurately concocted by using pure, natural, and raw ingredients that are directly and traditionally sourced from the ethical farmers of Meghalaya. Using honey, we have combined the power of herbal ingredients filled with health benefits along with the flavour of honey.

    Honey is nature’s most versatile product and hence its infusion is the easiest way to preserve aroma, flavour and medicinal properties of herbs and spices. Combining them with honey is the best way to deliver herbal medicines to both children and adults who may not prefer them otherwise.

    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 come straight from the farmers who make an effort in providing us with the purest and highly genuine ingredients.

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

    • Knowing where our ingredients come 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 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.
  • What Are the Health Benefits of Peppery Honey?

    Raw honey contains almost all the essential nutrients in it while its combination with other natural goodness such as Szechuan pepper makes the honey more nutritious, delicious, and full of health benefits. Here are a few health benefits of Szechuan honey:

    1. Stimulates circulation- For someone who feels lethargic, weak, or lightheaded without knowing why this may be due to a condition known as anaemia. Those suffering from anaemia, they lack the amount of healthy red blood cells that help in carrying adequate oxygen to the various body tissues.  It is one of the most common health problems and is also known as iron deficiency. Szechuan peppers contain a high level of iron in it which helps in providing enough haemoglobin in the body which thus help in oxygenating the red blood cells and stimulate the circulatory system.
    2. Helps in reducing pain- Although Szechuan peppers are associated with spice and heat, it also actually works as an analgesic (pain killer) substances. The phytochemicals that are present in Szechuan peppers can grip pain receptors and eliminate the nervous system from producing pain or discomfort. It is not a cure for pain but will definitely help in relieving it.
    3. Boosts the immunity- Szechuan peppers have high levels of zinc in it which makes it potent for strengthening the immune system. Zinc is highly beneficial in keeping the immunity in check. The volatile oils that are present in Szechuan pepper are packed with excellent amounts of antioxidants and other important chemicals that have anti-fungal and antiviral properties that make it extremely effective.
    4. Aids in appetite- It is often very difficult to gain back a normal appetite after recovering from an illness. However, it is during this time that the body is continuously healing and repairing and is in need of a maximum level of nutrients. There are many different compounds in Szechuan peppers that helps in stimulating the appetite and also improves the rate of metabolism, which means that it will aid in deriving essential nutrients from the food eaten at a faster rate.
    5. Helps in strengthening bones- Quite a few essential minerals are found in minimum quantity within Szechuan peppers which includes copper, manganese, phosphorus, and iron that plays an extremely important role in building up strong bones. These compounds also help in preventing age-related problems like osteoporosis (bones become weak and increase the chances of breaking).

      The density of bone minerals in our body gets decreases as we get older, so it is very important for us to supplement ourselves with maximum quantities of minerals whenever possible. This infusion is very helpful in providing these essential minerals and keeping the bones strong.

    6. Helps in eliminating inflammation- Inflammation occurs due to oxidative stress which is caused by free radicals which are unstable substances that can damage the cells in our body. The different antioxidants and another organic compound present in Szechuan peppers, including phytosterols and terpenes provide specific anti-inflammatory effects throughout our body. These compound that is available, acts by neutralizing the free radicals and destroys the root of inflammation. This infusion may also help relieve inflammation in conditions such as gout and arthritis.
    7. Protects the stomach- Szechuan honey helps in stimulating the process as well as the rate of digestion which keeps indigestion at bay. It will also help in reducing inflammation in the stomach and enhances metabolism. Various chemical compounds that are present in Szechuan peppers may help in preventing stomach issues such as cramps, bloating and constipation which further prevents serious conditions like stomach ulcers.
    8. Regulates the level of blood pressure- High blood pressure along with high cholesterol levels which may be due to physical inactivity and obesity are considered to be the major reasons that contribute to increased risk of heart attacks and sudden deaths. Szechuan peppers have many different minerals in it especially the potassium level in it is high which acts as a powerful antihypertensive and it balances the negative effects of salt. Studies suggested that maximum intake of potassium can lower the risk of strokes. Thus, consumption of this infusion may help in regulating blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of harmful life-threatening diseases.
    9. Nutritious- Honey contains various nutrients in it that makes it a healthy addition to your diet. The nutrition in it varies with the environment 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. Szechuan honey is highly nutritious due to the various properties as well as the micro and macronutrients that are present in it. Its daily intake can provide maximum content of all the essential nutrients needed by the body.
    10. Energy booster- 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 which is beneficial in improving the recovery time as compared to other sweeteners.
  • Here Are a Few Ways You Can Use Our Szechuan Honey

    • 1 tsp is consumed for subsiding inflammation of the tonsils- Use daily before bedtime.
    • 1 tsp in a glass of warm water can be taken 30 minutes before a meal for improving the metabolism.
    • It can also be used as a marinade/ garnish in different cuisines.
    • Drizzle over veggies or meat for a unique flavour that keeps your guest wondering your secret.

    Szechuan Honey sauce recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 5-10 dried chillies
    • 1 onion
    • 2 tablespoons of garlic
    • 1 tablespoon of ginger
    • 1- 1 ½ tablespoon of Szechuan honey
    • ½ teaspoon of salt
    • 1 large tomato

    Instructions:

    • Soak the dried chillies in hot water for 15 minutes
    • Chop the onions and tomatoes into cubes
    • Add the chillies, onion, tomatoes, garlic, and ginger into a blender
    • Blend to make a fine paste
    • Empty the sauce in a bowl, add salt and Szechuan honey
    • Mix it properly to form a smooth paste
    • The Szechuan honey sauce is ready!
    • Enjoy this as a side dip with snacks or can also be used with noodles and rice.

    Note:

    • It should be avoided by expecting and lactating women, as well as children below the age of 2.
    • Mix well before use for uniform mixing of ingredients.