I used to have flowering trees, in the front yard of the home where I grew up. Bumble bees lazily flew in and out of the open flowers, once in a while stopping long enough for me to close the petals, and hear their buzzing sounds. It was a ritual that I would carry out, and ultimately got my friends involved in. The bees would eventually fly away, undeterred by our child’s play, and amazement.
Now, I think hard to remember when was the last time I saw a bee; and if I did I probably made it a point to capture the moment! But, this is about what bees produce, something that has been referred to since the beginning of time! Even the scriptures referred to heaven, as the “land of milk & honey”. To know how important the golden, thick, sweet liquid that is produced by the “honey bee” is throughout history, we would have to look at trade, traditions, and rituals; however, this is not about either of those.
One brief stroke in a painter’s brush will show a bumble bee, usually in a painterly still life; accordingly, the bumble bee is symbolic of Jesus Christ. Again, we find we find a parallel between the “land of milk and honey”, and the “bumble bee”, at a level of sanctity. Flower Still Life, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, 1614 So now you probably know, that I did spend lots of time in the library during college, under heaps and piles of Art History books! A slight digress, however I hope you can appreciate my point: The bumble bee, and its honey are very important.
I really want to focus on the types of honey, and if you have ever thought which type you should use, perhaps we can address that here (albeit, I won’t make any promises that you’ll be less confused).
The consistency of honey is only one aspect of this delicious nectar, the other delicious factor is decided by where the honey bee actually got its pollen; that would be a deciding factor in the color. The most popular type I remember as clover honey; all the shelves in the grocery stores, always seemed to be filled with them.
Here is @LiveStrong info on clover honey: http://www.livestrong.com/article/272053-clover-honey-nutritional-facts/
Granted, there are approximately 300 different types of honey in the US alone! With such an array of honey, including one that has a song dedicated to it:
The types of honey, will in most probability come in the following consistencies: Liquid Honey, Creamed Honey, Comb Honey, Chunk Honey. I must admit that the consistency of honey is pretty self-explanatory, with liquid honey being the preferable choice for most recipes, and drinks. Comb Honey is great for home-made remedies, or body scrubs.
Use the honey that will affect the flavor of your recipes, or drinks the least! The honey to use would then be a mildly flavored honey, yes one maybe like clover honey! However, remember you may choose to also use honey as an ingredient, in which case a flavorful type may do the trick!
I say enjoy what you can, but go for raw organic honey!
One more thing, remember as with all raw products, to always consult your family’s Pediatrician before letting baby partake!
PS- My spell check didn’t recognize the words “bumble bee”!
Special Thanks to HoneyO.Com, and J. Paul Getty Museum