I am not sure when my love for honey began. I never ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I ate them with honey instead. I still do. I also feed them to my kids. I preferred honey over syrup on pancakes and still enjoy eating it. Some of the best honey in Europe comes from Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. Growing up in Colorado I think the best honey in the States comes from there.
I remember as a child going to the farmers market. We were always allowed to get honey sticks. They were sealed straws filled with flavored honey. My favorite was cinnamon. When we lived in Oklahoma I used to buy them for my daughter at the farmers market in Edmond. The Orange there is very good.
I use honey for many things and had a unique opportunity to learn more about it when we were in Poland this past week.
We were in Warsaw. We went to the family’s summer home for a day. It is always a place that builds memories and relaxes me. I love seeing the distant relatives of my husband. There are several that still live and farm in the village. I learn so much about the family
We celebrated my daughters birthday with the family. We went fishing in the pond, visited the chickens and bunnies after picking strawberries!
My brother in law has started beekeeping. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I enjoy trying to capture photos of bees on flowers. When My brother in law came out with the bee smoker. I grabbed my camera and went after him. My oldest followed out of curiosity. I had already taken some photos for him of his bees so he said wait you both will need a hat. So we got suited up and followed him.
While I can speak Polish I am by no means fluent. I understand 85-90% of the things I hear. Beekeeping words however are not a part of my vocabulary. My husband came along to fill in the gaps.
It was fascinating. He is raising young bees for the first time. He had chosen queens for each hive and was looking on this day to see if they had accepted them. The first thing he showed us was how he had put the bee he chose into a capsule. If they accepted her they would set her free. In all of the hives they had been released. The first hive had somehow managed to pop the lid. The rest of them chewed through the capsules.
Then we looked for eggs and checked the progress of the hives they were building. In each hive he tried different things. It will never cease to amaze me how remarkably and skillfully planned out the world is. That bees were reared to create these perfect forms is awesome.
On the 3rd hive. I even held one of the honeycombs.
That day my mother and sister in law were packing up his first harvest of honey. It was so fun to taste. It reminded me of the honey from the farmers market when I was a kid. Now I know I love the honey of young bees. It tasted amazing and of course we brought a jar home to Vienna.
He also gave me a honeycomb the bees made in a place he didn’t want them working and some beeswax for my hair. There are some great benefits to eating honey!
- honey lowers cholesterol
- it boosts energy
- if you eat local honey while traveling it helps prevent allergies.
- it has antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Here are some of the ways that I use honey. It is very healthy, and multipurpose.
- Hairmask:I mix olive oil and honey. Put it in my hair and rinse out after 30 min.
- Facemask:Combine equal amounts of plain yogurt and honey. Rub onto face in circular motion and leave on for 10 min. Then rinse.
- Body scrub: I mix honey, bath salts olive oil and body wash to make my own scrub.
Naturally eat it….
- I add a teaspoon to black tea with a squeeze of lemon. This is also great for colds and sore throats.
- One of our families favorite ways to eat honey is on bread with cream cheese for breakfast. It is our standard breakfast in Poland.
- Since we live in Austria and there isn’t brown sugar here I add I Tbsp of honey to a recipe with normal sugar as a substitute. Like in my Peanut butter cookies, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, or chocolate chip cookies.
- When we were in Greece we learned to eat honey drizzled on yogurt and watermelon for dessert.
- I use it to sweeten our nightly smoothies sometime.
- It tastes so great on cornbread.
- I also make my own honey mustard and honey bar-b-que sauces too. Just take 1 part mustard or b-b-que sauce and mix with 1 part honey!
So there is a little taste of my sweet adventure in Warsaw this past weekend. I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to visit again to hear about my role in a Bollywood flashmob and the hunt for rose flavored Paczki.
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