Believe you me when I tell you, this is paradisiacal.
Raw Honeycomb, like this one here is so so luscious, mildly chewy and dissolves in your mouth completely. The pale virgin honey is so thick, fragrant and sensuous it is intoxicating. As you lick this deliciously golden liquid off your fingers, the world around you will pause, your eyelids will give in and you might skip a heartbeat or even forget to breathe, but as you roll your tongue over the roof of your mouth and over your lips and savour the sweet flavour, you will smile blissfully and wonder if this is what the food in heaven must be like.
“Veiled in this fragile filigree of wax is the essence of sunshine – golden and limpid,
tasting of grassy meadows, mountain wildflowers, lavishly blooming orange trees or scrubby desert weeds.
Honey, even more than wine, is a reflection of place.
The nectar collected by the bee is the spirit and sap of the plant, its sweetest juice.
Honey is the flower transmuted, its scent and beauty transformed into aroma and taste.”
When the honey you have is so good, you don’t really want to do much to mess with it. Keeping it simple is the best way to enjoy it, and ofcourse pairing it right. Honey with cheese is really a no brainer. I must be honest though I discovered this marriage quite late in life. It has been life changing. Constantly trying different honey with different cheese, and only you can decide what works best with what. My latest obsession has been a creamy spunky herbed goats cheese with this divine honey I picked up from my travels to Turkey. And the fancy new habit of eating honey and cheese for breakfast. I mean what better way to start your day right.
Toast your favourite bread, top it with the cheese and then the honey with the honeycomb. Garnish with parsley and pop it right in your mouth.
eating honeycomb has a lot of benefits
1. A good source of antioxidants
Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Research shows that antioxidant compounds in honey called polyphenols may play a role in preventing heart disease.
2. Antibacterial and antifungal properties
Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey, but it’s clearly more than a folk remedy for these kinds of infections.
3. Heal wounds
Manuka honey is used in medical settings to treat wounds because it’s been found to be an effective germ killer and also aids in tissue regeneration.
Studies show that Manuka honey can boost healing time and reduce infection. Keep in mind that the honey used in hospital settings is medical grade, meaning it’s inspected and sterile. It’s not a good idea to treat cuts with honey you buy from a store.
4. Phytonutrient powerhouse
Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from harm. For example, some keep insects away or shield the plant from ultraviolet radiation.
The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal power. They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. Heavy processing destroys these valuable nutrients.
5. Help for digestive issues
Honey is sometimes used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea, though there isn’t much research to show that it works. It’s proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, though, a common cause of stomach ulcers.
It’s also a potent prebiotic , meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health.
6. Soothe a sore throat
Have a cold? Try a spoonful of honey. Honey is an old sore throat remedy. Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold virus hits you.