Tamarisk are trees usually found in deserts, characterized by slender branches, grey-green foliage and clusters of small pink flowers. Tamarisk blossoms are a wonderful nectar source for bees. This rare honey is produced primarily in the salt marshes of the Mediterranean. The Tamarisk tree survives in an environment that is brutal for other nectar producing plants. In the middle of the summer as the desert heat climbs to over 115 degrees F, most of the honey bees’ other food sources dry up. The Tamarisk thrives in this hot weather and begins the process of attracting pollination bees with its rich sweet nectar.
Tamarisk honey is a dark and savory honey with a deep nutmeg color and golden highlights. It has tastes of malt and molasses topped with overtones of citrus — and not excessively sweet. This honey is best for pairing with blue cheeses like Roquefort, Gouda or Chevre goat cheese. It works well as an ingredient in savory dishes and will add a unique flavor to virtually any dish.
In folk medicine, Tamarisk was used as a diuretic, homeostatic and analgesic. Infusion of the Tamarisk flowers is used in inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and the leaves and bark help to ease discomfort from diarrhea and diseases of the spleen. As a moisturizer, spread it liberally on your face, body, hair and scalp for a luscious treatment, which will leave you soft as velvet!