Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb

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We don’t have a fever thermometer in our house. It’s not necessary. Instead we measure the weirdness-level in our daily activities. So when someone does something exceptionally weird, we know he/she has got a fever (we have a separate scale for Elsa, since she does exceptionally weird stuff all the time). For example, Luise is pretty certain that I had a fever two days ago. Why else was I cooking ginger caramels, completely off-holiday season and with our book manuscript deadline only 90 hours away (yup, we’re counting hours here)? It’s typical hallucinatory behavior. I even tried to justify my actions by claiming that my caramels actually were medicin. Which only had Luise suspecting that I was in urgent need of medical attention.

All members in our family have spent the last 10 days sneezing, sniffling and coughing from a nasty cold. So when I on a recent visit to our local Asian market found small Chinese ginger caramels that were eye-tearingly and sinus-clearingly fierce, I thought to myself that this was exactly what we needed. I started experimenting with my own recipe and actually got a pretty good batch on the first try. They were oozing with ginger and still very sweet and soft from the honey. It was a nice accomplishment, but I admit that my priorities were unexpectedly weird. And looking back, can I honestly call them medicine? Nope. They were just very tasty caramels. Perhaps I’ll share the recipe with you anyway, a bit closer to Christmas.

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Yesterday Luise took the very same ingredients that I used for my caramels and instead created this immune boosting honey. It is filled, not only with a very large chunk of fresh ginger, but also turmeric, lemon and some black pepper. We call it Bomb because it hits you like one, but it’s really just a flavored honey. It tastes incredible in tea or just on it’s own, dissolved in hot water. It would probably also be pretty nice to use in cooking or on a piece of bread. I have been adding a large spoon of this in a cup of peppermint tea and am already back to my normal medium-weird myself, so this stuff really helps.

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Here are Luise’s explanations of the science behind the magic:

Ginger is a marvelous root that you can purchase in almost every supermarket in every country. It has antibiotic effects and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, circulation, nausea (also pregnancy nausea) and motion sickness. It tastes great in juices and smoothies and adds a hot and fresh flavor. It goes very well in curries, fruit compotes and desserts and is one of my absolute favorite herbs.

Turmeric is a very strong antioxidant and has been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine throughout history. It is considered a herb that cleanses the whole body, especially the liver. It is used to support digestion, treat fever, infections and inflammations. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and has been proved to have similar effects as anti-inflammatory medicine. Turmeric and black pepper is a great pair to match. The black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand times. Turmeric has a slight bitter taste but blends very well with other flavors.

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Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb
Makes 1/2 cup

1/2 cup / 120 ml honey (prefereble organic unheated)
2-4 tbsp freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger), depending on how strong you prefer
2 tsp ground turmeric (or freshly grated turmeric if you can find it)
1 organic unwaxed lemon, freshly grated zest
2 pinches ground black pepper

Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more ginger or turmeric if needed. Aim for a really strong flavor, you’ll only add a few teaspoons to a cup of water. Store the Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb in a glass container. Boil a cup of water and let slightly cool (to keep the benefits from the honey intact), stir in a few teaspoons of the honey mixture and drink. You can of course also add this to your favorite brewed tea.

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List of references:
‘Staying healthy with nutrition’ by Elson M. Haas
‘Näringsmedicinska uppslagsboken’ by Peter Wilhelmsson

132 Comments

  • You don’t have to sell me on ginger’s wondrous healing powers. They’ve always worked for me when my throat is irritated or I’ve got a mild case of laryngitis. Ginger-Turmeric-Honey-Bomb? Why not?
  • Steph
    Hi. I just bought your cookbook. I love love love! Thanks for all your incredible recipes, and delightful photos. Quick question: do I keep this magic potion in the fridge? Room temp?
    • Just like honey, you can store it in room temperature. It can probably last for a long time, but our is usually finished within a week.
  • This is wonderful! I've been home with a late winter cold for a few days, and I finally got around to making this today. Lovely! Thanks for sharing.
  • Susan Rae
    This sounds absolutely delicious! I'm going to try it soon. I just found your blog and am looking forward to more posts.
  • I've been making lemon ginger tea forever... and then mixing honey and turmeric (or cinnamon) and adding it to the tea. But I am definitely making this "bomb" tonight! Thanks :)
  • IK
    This sounds great when you're feeling under the weather or during a cold spell!! Can I keep this in the fridge? How long will it last at room temp or in the fridge (if permitted)?
  • This looks great! Can't wait to try it:). I am a new food blogger, will appreciate it a lot if you check my blog out@ www.dollyscookbook.blogspot.com
  • Thank you for your beautiful post. Your photos are so rich with color and life, thank you for sharing them! I featured this post on my March inspiration board! Keep up the lovely posts! S.
  • Just made this, and all I can say is that I am addicted. I have been dusting honeyed toast with turmeric for the past couple of months and never thought of putting them together. Genius!
  • Kiki
    I wonder if this would work if instead of honey I did it with date syrup?
  • Wow, what an amazing creation! I'm definitely making a batch of this for next time we are battling the sniffles.
  • I just made a batch of this yesterday, and it was amazing! I can practically feel the ginger and turmeric doing its thang to clear up my cold and boost my immune system. It was just what I needed :) Thank you so much for another awesome recipe!
  • Eline
    I just tried this recipe, and the final product tastes fantastic! I really feel like I'm getting rid of my cold while drinking this. While I was making it, I thought "how am I going to get this down?" because of the strong smell/taste of both turmeric and ginger, but the honey makes the whole thing soo delicious! I didn't manage to get the right consistensy nor color though.
  • carla
    This recipe is awesome, guys. It's so good, healthy and it's like drinking sun! Thank for sharing it! Grazie per averlo condiviso :)
  • Matilda
    Perfect timing, guys. I'm fighting off my second cold for the season–that most unjust of diseases: the summer cold. Rather than adding the ginger and turmeric honey bomb to tea (40º C is not tea weather), I added the juice of the lemon as well and have been having it in soda water with ice. Wonderful stuff!
  • Orange has always been my favourite colour, and this post makes me even more proud to declare that fact! Such stunning photos and I feel nourished just looking at them.
  • You have made a lovely place here.Thank you :) Love your photography and recipes.You inspire me every day! Best wishes!
  • Kiki
    I have finally managed to find turmeric in an oriental market! The chunks are really microscopic and quite a pain to peel but still amazing to try it fresh! And the staining power of fresh turmeric is much stronger!
  • Hai.... Its really Nice to see those varities of Soups Using Turmeric its Very useful to all, Hope for More ....Thank you.
  • *instantly puts it on a to do list* Looks amazing and so easily done. Thanks for the recipe!
  • It is so hard to find ways to get ginger into my kids when they have colds, I am quite interested for that caramel recipe- I vote that it could count as medicine :) But they love honey, and this looks like a great way to get some of those ingredients in to their bodies. And the tumeric is a brilliant addition!
  • Hello! I am so excited for this recipe! I have tried your turmeric lhassis and loved it. I did a blog post on you, and hope it is okay. Please let me know if I should add, or subtract anything. I admire you so! http://cardamomcollective.tumblr.com/post/78073981648/i-have-seen-the-light-and-it-is-the-golden-color
  • A fiercely spiced ginger (as many fresh slices as you can manage), wildly tart lemon (one plump juiced fruit per cup; two's better), barely sweet (one tiny squeeze of honey; three for my kids) tisane is requisite around here, for any whiff of a sniffle. I can only imagine how majestic this must be! Almost cannot wait for the next cold to try. Wait. SCRATCH THAT! Will try while fully healthy, all the better to enjoy! Feel better soon! Molly
  • Looks great, I've been something to use turmeric with and blast a cold!
  • Beth
    Just made some honey bomb - it's lovely! My four-year-old is enjoying a cup now. One question for you guys - how long would you keep it? Right now mine is in a mason jar in a cool pantry, and it won't last long based on how fast my family drinks tea this time of year, but I want to make sure I shouldn't have it in the refrigerator. Thanks for the beautiful recipe!
  • Can't wait for your cookbook to come out. Looks like this drink is just plain good medicine.
  • This sounds lovely! I'm coming down with something as well, so this is exactly what I need.
  • When my husband or I get a cold, I make us drink all natural ginger ale. It speeds up the healing process for sure!
  • I took a trip down memory lane with your turmeric drink:) My mom used to make this drink with milk when I was a child. I hated the taste of turmeric at that time and I would come up with creative excuses to avoid drinking it! Your pictures are gorgeous as always! I am so looking forward to your new book now!

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