A Love of Honey
Thursday, 15 March 2012
I grew up loving honey, being mesmerised by the way it flows, the way it shines in the light and the way honey bubbles form into pearl drops. My love affair with honey has now endured decades.
In the early years my love of honey was impatient. In my youth the wait for my favorite honey each year was unbearable. I had to wait for summer because summer always meant the adored yellow box honey was in abundance. Yellow Box honey is a delightful bright yellow and always highly viscous. The summers where I grew up were usually hot and dry and this meant the honey was thick, sweet and delicious. Honey would never creep off the bread when I was a child – it simply never happened. My memory is of honey toast covered in a thick layer of clear, bright honey.
The taste of fresh honey from the comb is exhilarating. It’s a combination of wickedness, sheer pleasure and naughtiness. It’s wicked because when I eat honeycomb I feel a little guilty that I’m destroying the work of our mother nature. Yet the burst of intense flavour makes the guilt and wickedness subside. The feeling becomes an oozy coolness of fresh honey as it melts in my mouth. The flavours are of sweetness, fruitiness and sometimes the surprise of pepper. The complexity of the flavours can be overwhelming and people have been known to say honey will take your breath away.
As it is with all love affairs, I suppose, the surprise and delight of a loved one can indeed take your breath away. But with the passage of time my love affair with honey has matured and now I appreciate honey for its complexity and variety. Whereas in my youth I had passion for only one, now I love them all. I eagerly await each harvest with great anticipation of new tastes and surprises. Mother nature rewards my loyalty with an abundance of textures, flavours, aromas and colours. Now my love of honey has matured into one of great admiration and a passion to share the delights that honey offers us with other people.
What is your favourite way to eat honey?