While I really love all those lighter colored honeys, there truly is a special place in my heart for buckwheat honey. Thick and dark, pungeant and unusual, there is something almost primordial about buckwheat honey. It makes me think of the La Brea tar pits, of cooling lava, of oil, of all those dark earthly materials that are rooted in the most basic processes of our ecosystem. Buckwheat honey is like black gold. The great thing about buckwheat honey is that it has such a strong flavor that you don't need much - a little goes a long way. This is especially great for those of us that need to watch our sugar intake! And to top it off, buckwheat honey provides the most antioxidants and is high in iron.
This year, Ames Farm has three varieties of buckwheat honey, all with their own unique flavor. After appreciatively trying all three, I purchased a little jar of the Blue Earth Buckwheat. The flavor really resonated with me, and the cute honey salesman seemed charmed by my wild enthusiasm for their product. What can I say, I'm an eager farmer's market shopper, and have an undeniable attraction to men selling agricultural items from tents and tables.
Okay, so back to the mustard. I decided to take an uncommon approach and use a bit of my buckwheat honey in the mustard recipe instead of a light honey, with some added allspice and turmeric. The result was an awesomely tasty mustard, with a whole lot of punch and just a hint of a dark, mysterious sweetness. The honey balances out the mustard's fire, and the pungent flavor of the buckwheat compliments the turmeric and allspice. I didn't add a lot of honey - only about 2 Tbwp - because I didn't want too much sugar. But if you like a sweeter honey mustard, go hog wild - Simple, Good and Tasty recommends mixing honey and mustard at a 1:1 ratio. Whether you add a little or a lot of honey, it is sure to please. The texture is rustic; it is nubby and grainy, like all those delicious French whole grain mustards. And while the flavor is so complex, the ingredients are remarkably simple. I was really impressed, and honestly, I've tasted a lot of mustards - trying out new mustards used to be one of my little culinary addictions. And let me tell you, this mustard definitely, uh, cuts the mustard.
Tell me, what kind of mustard do you like?
To find out if you can get Ames Farms honeys in your area, check this list of Ames Farm retail locations.
Homemade Buckwheat Honey Mustard
1/2 c whole yellow mustard seeds
Place mustard seeds, apple cider vinegar, and 1/3 c water in a jar. Cover tightly, and let sit on the counter for 2 days.
Dump mustard mixture, honey, turmeric, allspice, sea salt and 1-2 T of water in a blender. Pulse a few times, then mix until it reaches desired consistency. Add additional 1 T of water if needed, and adjust seasonings to taste.
Store in a well sealed jar in the fridge.