Sweet Honey in the Jar

Honey

(Cat provided for perspective.)

Yesterday I joined a local walking group for a 10-kilometer jaunt through countryside that is as rural as it gets in Portugal. The views were splendid, despite — and in some ways because of — the massive wildfire that burned this area last year. I was happily startled by just how much regrowth has already occurred.

Our path led us through a tiny hamlet, where a farmer has been known to have honey for sale in the past. She and her aged mother came out to see us as we passed through, and sure enough, she had honey to sell. I asked her what type it was — orange flowers, native lavender — but she looked at me like I was insane and rattled off a whole list of wildflowers. Obviously, real farmers don’t truck their hives around to produce specialized honey. They just let their bees forage.

So for five euros I was handed a liter jar of the freshest honey you can buy, which weighed down my pack for the rest of the walk. It was a price I was willing to pay. When I got home I dipped in for a taste, and YUM. We’ll have to buy some fresh cheese in order to properly appreciate this flavor.

I love win/win situations like this. Our group gave that farmer an unexpected income, which was surely very welcome, and now my cupboard is housing a glowing jar of flavor.

(For those who didn’t get the pun in the title, check out this video.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to Sweet Honey in the Jar

  1. Ohhh…. envy. One of my great pleasures is young goat cheese with wonderful honey on it. I indulge not so often since it is not so easy to get good fresh goat cheese in my small town. For that I have to travel to the nearest city. Good honey is always found in our kitchen. And then a slice of fresh bread, with young goat cheese and honey on top. “Lecker” – as we say in Germany πŸ™‚

  2. Cathy White says:

    Oh, that looks so yummy

  3. xenatuba says:

    I liked Rumple’s purrspective. Love fresh honey, gonna have to try it with cheese.

    • oregon expat says:

      Purrspective, cute. πŸ™‚ Re: the fresh cheese, you’re going to have a hard time finding that in the US. The closest you can get with any ease is fresh mozzarella, and it’s still not the same. Worth a try, though.

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