M and I share many passions but a biggie for us is Bees.
On a recent significant birthday, I gifted M a beehive (and someone to look after it!)
We were thrilled with our annual crop of honey with hints of pohutakawa and manuka , and loved sharing it with friends and family.
I actually don’t like honey, but that’s not the point 🙂 For me, it’s the fact that these highly industrious little things do magic. They are the true super heroes. Not only are they a crucial part of our overall food chain, they make an almost universally liked product that has uses far and wide.
When we moved, one of the first things to be put in place was the bee hives – three of them this time. They have been furiously active through the summer. Bearing in mind that a honey bee will collect about a tea-spoon of honey in its whole lifetime, ponder that when you next spread it over your toast!
Yesterday we saw the result of their hard work.In the middle of a blustery afternoon that Winnie the Pooh would have been proud of, a sticky bucket arrived of 15 kilos of pure molten gold. With hints of citrus and a nod towards the vines on their doorstep, the honey has a uniquely delicious aroma and taste ( according to those who know these things !).
There is something so satisfying about filling the multitude of sterilised jars gathered from family over the year and stocking the pantry. And knowing this was all created within metres of the house is just thrilling.
Honey is also really good for you – see the nutritional facts below.
1 packet (0.5 oz) (14 g)
1 tbsp (21 g)
1 cup (339 g)
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 4 mg||0%|
|Potassium 52 mg||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 82 g||27%|
|Dietary fiber 0.2 g||0%|
|Sugar 82 g|
|Protein 0.3 g||0%|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||0%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||0%|
|*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|