Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ode to bees

I love bees. I mean, I don't LOVE love them...don't want to wear a bee suit or anything...but damn, they are one badass little creature! The way they pollinate plants (yum, food!) AND make honey? Too cool for school.

I've always loved honey, but I've been on a particular honey kick lately. Our staple honey is a mesquite honey from Trader Joe's, just cause it's well priced and we use a lot of honey! Each batch can vary widely, since "mesquite" in this context just means "whatever the bees can find in the deserts of the Southwest". Our current container is light and very floral and amberish. I am snarfing if down. The previous batch was slightly heavier, and smokey. I don't go for the smokey honeys. My brother brought back a chestnut honey from Italy a few years back that was amazing and interesting, but really just too much for me in the end. Luckily he brought it for our parents, and not me ;) Yeah, we all love honey! We've also got a jar of raspberry honey in the house right now, too. It's from some lovely beekeepers in Ojai, and my mom brought it out to us. Delicious. Not much berry flavor, but almost caramel like. Sooo good. *Swoon*

Anyway, between the pollinating and honey making I'm pretty seriously considering some minor beekeeping (one or two hives) someday (you know, when we win the lottery and can actually buy a house here. Argh. Mustn't get caught up in negative thinking!). Can you imagine honey fresh from the hive??

5 comments:

Andrea said...

Ewwwwwwwwww.. Honey makes me barf...

Stacie said...

*drool*

fresh honey would rock!

Wendy said...

Jovi--I just love your love of things...yarn, food, honey...it always makes me happy to read posts about it.

BirdEtt said...

Hmmm... Aaron and I have thought of doing this. Would love to see you make it work. The best honey I've ever had and can't get out of my dreams? - had it in Mississipi. Gulfport, Mississipi. It was made from flowers along the bayou and it was very light in color... almost clear. BEST EVER! And I can't for the life of me remember the name of the flower. Okay, I'll do some in depth research and if I find it, I'll get a case.

B. Gutsch said...

I have been concerned lately about the bee colony collapse disorder happening in Europe and the US. I was going to post another blog today called "Ode to Bees" with some sort of song dedication to bees or something. But your blog came up in the search results instead :) Thanks for loving honey and bees! They need all the love they can get right now!