H ~ Honey
Honey, as we all know, is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers.
Did you know that about 60,000 or so bees live in one beehive, and collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey!
It comes in numerous varieties of colour, texture and flavour. The flavour, colour and sweetness of honey depends on which type of flower the nectar was collected from it might come from Clover, Eucalyptus or even Orange Blossoms.
- Honey is slightly sweeter than sugar, so less can be used to achieve the same sweetness intensity.
- Honey not only imparts a unique flavour to any dish, but it also balances and enhances the flavour of other ingredients used in a recipe.
- Honey acts as a binder and thickener for sauces, dressings, marinades and dips.
- Honey provides and retains moisture to a variety of dishes and can even extend the shelf life of baked goods.
- Honey is excellent for soothing sore throats in winter.
How do you like it?
Warm toasted English Crumpets perhaps, buttered and drizzled with rich golden honey. Delicious, yes?
Would it sound as delicious if the honey was blue, green or dark red?
Rainbow honey…. Sounds like an early April Fool’s joke…
Beekeepers in north eastern France have been alarmed to find their bees producing honey in unnatural shades of green and blue.
The beekeepers believe the source of the problem is a biogas plant close to Ribeauville in Alsace.
It is thought the bees have been eating the sugary waste from M&Ms, small chocolates in brightly-coloured shells.
The plant operator said it regretted the situation and had put in place a procedure to stop it happening again.
“We discovered the problem at the same time [the beekeepers] did. We quickly put in place a procedure to stop it,” Philippe Meinrad, a spokesman from Agrivalor, the company operating the biogas plant, was quoted by Reuters as saying.
The company, which deals with waste from a Mars chocolate factory, said it would clean out the containers, store all incoming waste in airtight containers and process it promptly, according to a company statement published in Le Monde newspaper.
A spokeswoman for the British Beekeepers’ Association, Gill Maclean, said it was possible that the coloured sugar could have contaminated the honey.
Source: BBC News
Red and yellow and pink and green,
Purple and orange and blue,
I can sing a rainbow,
Sing a honey rainbow too!