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Honey, oh My Honey


Posted: August 26, 2007
by: T.Alexander

Specialty Food Magazine did me a great service when they wrote an article on honey in their July 07 issue. So you think you know a little or a lot about honey? Here’s how they describe the “honey novice’s four stages of awareness.”

It’s nothing like the stuff in the squeeze bear.

I had no idea that honeys could be so different.

What makes a honey crystalline versus creamy versus liquid?

What can I do with this honey at home?

Multiple flavors are as complex and rival wine and olive oil with their broad spectrum profiles.  “A taste of rare Sardinian Corbezzolo honey reveals why it’s called the truffle of honeys; intense and bittier, it defies the traditional sweeten-your-tea honey profile, and instead is outstanding drizzled no pecorino and other aged cheeses. The same differences apply with color and their rainbow spectrum hues from gold and amber to translucent pale yellow. As you would expect, lighter honeys have milder flavors. Below are the twelve “notable” honey varietals:

Acacia – Popular table honey

Black Button Sage – Rare flower that blooms only 3 out of 10 years on west coast of US

Chestnut – Italian variety dark amber in color

Clover – Most common honey flower in US

Corbezzolo – from the rare “strawberry tree”

Lavender – Often used on desserts

Leatherwood – From an endangered tree that grows only in Tasmanian wilderness

Mango Blossom – From Javanese tropical forests

Manuka – dark brown, bitter from New Zealand

Orange Blossom – Popular in citrus-hospitable climates

Tupelo – Rare flowers grown only n wetlands of southeastern US

Now let’s see how much of a honey expert you are with this little quiz provided by the National Honey Board:

  1. How many flowers must honeybees tap to make 1 pound of honey?
  2. How far does a hive of bees fly to make 1 pound of honey?
  3. How many flowers does a honeybee visit during one collection trip?
  4. How much honey does the average worker honeybee make in her lifetime?
  5. What is the U.S. per capital consumption of honey?

Answers

  1. 2 million
  2. 55,000 miles
  3. 50 to 100
  4. 1/12 teaspoon
  5. 1.29 pounds per year

T. Alexander

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