"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best -- " and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
-- Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner
Photo: (left) Swamp Honey; (right) Olds' Honey
Did you know:
- One teaspoon of honey represents the life work of one bee
- Honeybees never sleep
- A bee flies at 15 mph
- If too much honey is raided from a hive, the bees become demoralised and die
- Bees collect nectar from 50-100 flowers during a single trip
My Olds have hives. I don’t mean itchy hives – I mean BEE hives! Also my sister and brother-in-law have a hive. So in our family we have honey laid on. What’s quite striking is the difference in taste between the honeys from the Olds – which is your backyard, garden variety honey; and what has become known as ‘Swamp Honey’ from a different location where my sister lives, where the flowers are predominantly from Melaleuca (Paperbark) trees.
Here is what the expert tasters say:
Olds’ Garden Honey
A stronger flavoured, full bodied honey. Would appeal to the more discerning honey eater.
Light in flavour. Short on the tongue. Would appeal to a broader audience – kids would prefer it.
Much darker in colour. A depth in colour which translates to taste. A much stronger flavour that lingers longer on the palette.
Light in colour and taste. A hit of sweetness that soon dissipates.
Lately my favourite recipe is Tagine Chicken with Dates & Honey. It's a fantastic blend of flavours. I like honey in black tea, on crumpets or croissants, and in some beef dishes. Oh, and with Jamie's chicken skewers with satay sauce and drizzled honey.
It's versatile, and a 'must have' in anyone's pantry. Yum. Comments anyone?