Vegan or not vegan… that is the question that many people ask about honey. I think honey is a personal choice, since honey is made by bees and not from bees. If I were cooking for a vegan, the answer is no. Personally I refrain from using honey… but I don’t really have a problem with it either. (Honestly, just how bees make honey really grosses me out!) I am all for the fact that it is a natural sweetener and it seems that honey can be obtained without harming bees… but as always in life, I’m sure there are some exceptions where it could be argued otherwise.
I have allowed my daughter to have some hot tea with local honey in it on occasion when she had a sore throat. I think that it is a wonderful thing to use herbs and things obtained from the earth for healing purposes… anything natural is always best. But don’t forget that honey is not to be given to a child under the age of one!
When cooking, I tend to replace honey in recipes with real maple syrup or amber agave nectar.