Coriander Blossom Honey has a buttery yellow hue. Its aroma is decidedly vegetal, reminiscent of a fresh field of greens, with an added hint of tropical coconut. Its flavor is refreshingly herbaceous and moderately sweet. Anyone that loves the chew of honeycomb will appreciate this honey’s thick, waxy texture.
Originally from eastern Europe and the Middle East, coriander has recently been cultivated in Italy for its seeds (the spice of the same name). The coriander plant’s small white blossoms produce a rich nectar. When nature permits, this honey is harvested at the beginning of June from cultivated coriander plants on the Adriatic coast of the Marche and Umbria, at elevations ranging from 0-400 meters above sea level.
Giorgio Poeta recommends Coriander Blossom Honey as an accompaniment to meats, especially pork, chicken, and beef. Mix the honey with vinegar and spices to make a glaze for pork tenderloin, add to pan drippings of roast chicken along with fresh minced thyme, and use it as an ingredient in steak marinades. Its crystalline texture also complements aged cheeses.