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Société­-Orignal – Seashore Honey / Miel Maritime

By amy • • Dec 27th, 2015 • Category: Condiments, Dressings, Oils, Vinegars, Impulse Buy, Sweets, spreads

Société­-Orignal – Seashore Honey / Miel Maritime

300g, $15

available at gourmet and health food stores,

for more information & to order on-line: societe-orignal.com

This is an elegant and incomparable product, and in some ways it can’t be separated from the unique colony that produced it. Société­-Orignal is a collective of artisanal food producers specializing in dairy, seafood, poultry, game, wild harvest and pantry items. The Quebec-based company is the opposite of agribusiness: it is regional, diverse, uncompromising, and stewardship-driven. Family farms and small businesses are at its core. Société­-Orignal is possibly the only culinary hub in Canada where delicacies such as swollen stalked cat mushrooms and fresh-caught yellow sturgeon are available, not forgetting the Canadiana on offer, such as the special stoneground corn used in the Native porridge Sagamité. A very few of Société­-Orignal’s pantry selections sometimes show up on shelves outside Québec, and Shelf Life was lucky enough to find this honey at Forno Cultura in Toronto. From Baie-des-Sables in the Gaspé region, the honey tastes faintly salty – this is because the flowers at its source grow beside the ocean. It has an intense white colour and a curious, almost pillowy texture. There’s nothing like it, which is why Shelf Life decided to try it in a variety of plain and fancy recipes. We liked it best 3 ways: dabbed on a strawberry; in an improvised honey and bourbon glaze for roasted carrots; and mixed with pistachios in a small dollop accompanying roasted caramelized pineapple. Better still, this wonderful honey is not too distingué for a midnight quickie – a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

FIVE STARS*****

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