For the love of honey
Wow! What a crazy honey holiday it was for me. I guess the word is out, I’m a beekeeper that really appreciates different varieties of honey. My boy Ben Franklin said it best “Nothing but Money, Is sweeter than Honey”
Here is all the honey I received this Christmas. In scripture four of the gifts offered to baby Jesus are explicitly identified by Matthew — gold, frankincense, myrrh, and honey. It has been suggested by scholars that the "gifts" were in fact brought by accident rather than precious material for tribute. Either way this Christmas I feel like a honey king.
All the images below were shot with my iphone in the Helga mode.
My awesome friends Emma & Wes brought this honey back from France. Wes told me it came from a specialty shop that sold honey from around the world. This particular heather honey is from Spain, it's really strong and the taste carries.
This lil' honey sampler is interesting. it is meant to be an energy snack to be eaten on the fly. It comes in a handy dandy container, like lip balm or something. I have had Really Raw honey before only in larger quantity. I can't imagine carrying this around in my pocket. < s-t-i-c-k-y >
This is awesome, Heifer Hope Honey! You've heard of them right?..... They are the organization that allows you to choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. One option is to give bees from Heifer International that will help struggling families earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. In years past I have kicked down some serious bees to friends and family as gifts. I'm so excited because I had read somewhere, obviously bogas, that the recipients weren't really getting bees. I have forgotten where the article said the money was going but plainly another disgruntled non-profit who wasn't nearly as sucessful wrote the story. How awe-inspiring, Heifer gets the needy bees and then sells their honey on the website. If you haven't gotten someone the gift of bees recently- get down on it!
I don't know much about this honey varietal. My wife said she got it at the Berkeley Bowl. The Snugglespoon gal on the label is pretty cute but I'm a little confused: the label says organic forest honey but the product is made in Berkeley. Tilden regional forest honey perhaps?......
Napa Valley Honey? PLEASE.....
There wasn't any honey in Napa this year. We had a serious nectar dearth. My guess from tasting this was it is a mixed floral blend from out of the area. Either that or there will be some pretty hungry bees out there this winter begging for some carbohydrates. I got VERY little honey this year, and what extra honey my bees produced I fed back to the less productive colonies. Nice bottle though....
These candies are pretty nasty, don't tell my wife cause she gave them to me but yuck! The up-side is the packaging has bees on it. and actually they are fairly realistic.
Honey Stingers! Yow, all organic energy chews. I haven't tasted them yet but I hope they taste like Cliff Shots or those Jelly Belly Sport Beans. I have a friend that brings them mountain bike riding < YUM! > The Down side is what's up with the angry bee on the package. I'm personally biased towards the depiction of angry bees, most my bees are really docile. MOST........
So maybe my wife feel down on the Honee drop filled candy, I can always offer them to friends.... But is this not the coolest shirt ever? See those Heifer folk are always thinkin'. I'm all over this eco-friendly tee. I like it so much because it has the whole honey-beekeeper dilly-o going on but it's also brown. That's right, brown the new orange. I'm digging it! If you see me out and I'm not wearing it ask me why.
See, it's not all about me. The two above images are honey I gave to people this year. A little uneventful because there wasn't much honey this year and the jars are really small. Although I do like that 5 jar sampler above in the rack. I was thinking if I could round up some honey from a few of my honey homies around Napa I coiuld do a "Round the Valley Sampler". It wouldn't be the most ample sampler but that's the way it goes these days with bees. It's not about our bees producing honey. We should be grateful they are such good pollinators.