Why is local bee honey important to use instead of store bought? In the US 75% of the "honey" sold on the store shelf is processed honey. It's ultra filtered which means the honey is heated and sometimes watered down. Then, using high pressure, it's forced through extremely small filters to remove the pollen. This is a similar technique of refinement used by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.
When you buy local honey from a beekeeper or at the farmer's market you are getting real honey with pollen in it. People with seasonal allergies can take 1 teaspoon of honey daily to desensitize themselves to the local allergens. The idea is that local honey, which contains pollen spores picked up by the bees from local plants, can act much in the same way as a natural type of vaccine or allergy "shot". By introducing a small amount of allergen into your system, your immune system is activated and over time can build up your natural immunity against it. It's a natural allergy medication. And, it's not a processed food.
For the cilantro pesto
in a blender,NutriBullet, or food processor put the cilantro, orange juice, 3tbsp of the oil, and 1/4 tsp salt. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
For the pork chops
Sprinkle the chili powder and drizzle the honey on the pork chops. Rub the meat with your fingers. Put 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and then add chops. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until no longer pink.
Serve chops with the pesto drizzled over them. These go well together with green beans, asparagus, mashed potatoes, or confetti rice. Put a couple of orange slices on the side of the dish for a beautiful plate. Enjoy!