At Dove Syke Nursery, we don’t only sell trees, wreathes & Christmas decorations. We have also branched out into several different and delicious foods & drinks that you may buy.
Our first is honey. We make sure not to spray our trees or flowers that live in the area to make sure that the honey our bees produce is truly all-natural. This is because high-quality honey is rich in antioxidants which have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. Some studies even indicate that they help with eye health. Additionally, honey reduces blood pressure and improves cholesterol.
Be sure to sweeten your foods with honey instead of sugar in preparation for winter as studies indicate that it is just as effective (if not more) than medicines for coughs which hit our children the most during this time of year as well as suggesting that it improves sleep.
However to make sure that our honey remains as healthy as we can possibly make, we need to make sure that our bees are as undisturbed as possible. We don’t keep bees to serve as part of some sort of industrial mechanisms, we keep them here so that they can live happily. As such, we only take one third of the honey that they annually produce. This is because bees use honey as food storage for the winter. We don’t feed our bees sugar water to ensure that the honey they produce is as healthy as possible, since all the nutrients and antioxidants come from the flowers.
We also make vinegar at Dove Syke Nursery. Like honey, it is also rich in antioxidants, however it is also contains far more amino acids. It helps kill harmful pathogens within our bodies, including bacteria. In fact, it has been used for medicinal purposes as far back as 420BC, where Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds. There is even anecdotal evidence that it helps with acne when applied to the skin. Vinegar also helps with type 2 diabetes; it improves insulin sensitivity and goes as far as to reduce blood sugar gained from white bread by up to a third. Even small uses help, like taking 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar before bedtime. From this it substantially helps people with diabetes. There are many more animal studies about how vinegar can lower cholesterol levels along with several other heart disease risk factors. And at only 3 calories per tablespoon, what’s not to love?
Another type of vinegar that we is one that most people don’t know about. It’s pine vinegar made from our own trees. Pine vinegar is exceptionally high in vitamin A because since it is made from pine needles, which are extremely rich in it. Vitamin A goes a long way to make sure that we remain healthy throughout winter and, more importantly, Christmas. Vitamin A increases the strength of your vision and slows the onset of macular degeneration. The vinegar reduces oxidative stress in your eyes and can keep the your vision going strong into your old age. Pine needles are also extremely rich in vitamin C, even more so than most citrus fruit! It is an excellent way to stay healthy throughout winter.
We also have many other types of homemade vinegar, including apple-pear vinegar to add a different taste than just our apple vinegar. Celery vinegar for a fresh kick to start the day and orange vinegar for a very sour taste to mix with water.