Wolf's extra virgin honey: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 8

Extra virgin...honey?
Extra virgin...honey?

Move over EVOO, it's time for EVH to get the attention it deserves.

Raw, or extra virgin honey, like this jar from Wolf Farms in western Wisconsin, is not heated or filtered--the unprocessed stuff may contain cappings wax, bits of propolis and pollen--and along with it all sorts of good enzymes, amino acids, phytochemicals, pollen and other nutrients.

Wolf's extra virgin honey: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 8

Health nuts tout raw honey's benefits to the immune and digestive systems--apparently it's a boon to allergy sufferers--while sweet-lovers wax on about its gorgeous flavor and texture.

The stuff is solid at room temperature, but has a pleasant, putty-like stickiness. And its pure, floral sweetness tempts us to skip the step of spreading it on bread and just spoon it straight from the jar. Beekeeper Dale Wolf says that once people try the extra virgin honey, they tend to dispense with its processed cousin. When we picked up this jar at the St. Paul Farmer's market, one fan proclaimed, "it's just like frosting"--but a little bit healthier, no?

Wolf Honey Farms
Available online or at various local farmers markets.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
No. 9: Sun Street Bread's biscuit sandwich
No 10: La Loma's puerco tamale
No. 11: River Chocolate Company's Mango Tango
No. 12: Triple Rock's mother biker

No. 13:

Fat Lorenzo's blood orange gelato

No. 14:

Loring Kitchen & Bar's zucchini fries

No. 15:

Trung Nam's coconut croissant

No. 16:

Bryant-Lake Bowl's grilled cheese with ham

No. 17:  

Zumbro Cafe's chicken wild rice hash

No. 18:  

Skinner's Reuben Pizza

No 19:  

Los Ocampo's Sope with Chicharrone Prensado

No. 20:

Good Day Cafe's Glazed Doughnut Pancakes

No. 21: 

El Taco Riendo's tacos

No. 22: 

Broders' fresh pasta

No. 23: 

Burger Jones' salted caramel shake

No. 24: 

Rinata's eggplant involtini

No. 25: 

Smack Shack's lobster roll

No. 26: 

Moto-i's steamed hoisin pork buns

No. 27: 

The Happy Gnome's MN game burger

No. 28: 

Patisserie Margo's zuppa englese torte

No. 29: 

Heartland's Kansas City strip steak

No. 30: 

Tum Rup Thai's Mee Kah Teeh

No. 31: 

Dolsot Bibimbap at Dong Yang Oriental Food

No. 32: 

Piccolo's Scrambled Eggs with Pig's feet

No. 33: 

Meritage's pommes frites

No. 34: 

Travail's Fried Chicken

No. 35: 

Hmong Village's stuffed chicken wings

No. 36: 

Cafe Maude's Now You Know

No. 37: 

Urban Eatery's Asian pork sliders

No. 38: 

Isles Bun & Coffee's puppy dog tails

No. 39: 

Surdyk's Flight's chicken báhn mì

No. 40: 

Sunny Side Up Cafe's Santa Fe Railroad French Toast

No. 41: 

Szechuan Spice's chicken with double chili pepper

No. 42: 

Dancing Ganesha's Chicken 65

No. 43: 

Bradstreet's Black Walnut Old Fashioned

No. 44: 

Wakame Bistro's Crazy Lobster Roll

No. 45: 

Brit's Pub Scotch Eggs

No. 46: 

Peninsula's chili tofu

No. 47: 

Annona Gourmet's balsamic vinegars

No. 48: 

Cocina del Barrio's jalapeño poppers

No. 49: 

Papa's Philly Cheesesteak

No. 50: 

Swede Hollow Cafe's caramel roll

No. 51: 

Thomasina's cashew brittle

No. 52: 

Patisserie 46's Rory Cake
No. 53: Il Gatto's Ravanelli
No. 54: Mandarin Kitchen's seafood and tofu hotpot
No. 55: The Inn's Polish Delight cocktail
No. 56: Gopher Bar's Coney Island dog
No. 57: Holy Land's hummus tahini
No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta
No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok
No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo
No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu
No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs"
No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy
No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar
No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza
No. 66: In Season's fried oysters
No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites
No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes
No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender
No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao
No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut
No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes
No. 74: Willy D's ribs
No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt
No. 77: Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar
No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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