Bring your trip home with you in a jar of honey.
I can’t explain my fascination with honey. There’s the delicious taste, of course. And the medicinal properties – the sweet golden liquid from the beehive is loaded with antibacterial, anti-infalmatory, and anti-fungal properties. Honey is as old as history itself- the ancient activity of honey gathering was depicted in a cave painting in Valencia, Spain at least 8,000 years ago. Honey is as old as the written word- it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the Hittite code, and the sacred writings of India and Egypt dating back to 2100 B.C..
I’m also drawn to the story behind each drop of honey. The little bees who make something so wonderful from their environment, yet also contribute so much to the wellbeing of their eco-system. Harmony and balance in a jar.
But there’s something more to my love of honey. A jar of honey is like a time capsule. A record of a moment. Each drop of honey is unique to a time and a place- it contains the soil, the weather, the temperature, and the particular flora and fauna selected by the bee.
I love to buy honey when I travel. Back at home, there’s no better way to instantly connect me to the place I’ve been. I open a jar and am transported to a sunny lavender field in southern France, to the exotic flower-filled cloud forest below Mombacho Volcano in Nicaragua, or to an orchard of fruit trees beside the Mediterranean. Honey is easy to transport, as well. No refrigeration needed and the jars are typically small and sturdy.