My connection to this project is tenuous at best, since I’ve not met any of the particulars, but still I am most impressed and most definitely jealous. Amal of Goblinfruit.net fame (an editrix par excellance, and purveyor of dark and delicious poetry) has entered into an accord with her friend Danielle of Habeas Brulee, and have declared February Honey Month. This was instigated apparently by a conversation that then led to Danielle’s sending Amal the batch of honey vials shown above, and now Amal is tasting one vial/day, and describing her impressions on her blog. And this being Amal, she is taking it one step further and allowing the taste to inspire her in some creative way. Most excellent!
Here is Amal’s entry for Day 1–Fireweed Honey–along with a brief excerpt from her post:
Taste: Gentle. Very similar to clover honey, but not quite as sweet; mellow keeps coming to mind, kind. No unusual notes to my taste; all I could think is “mm, honey,” but oddly without that extra quality that made me so keenly understand the line from Romeo and Juliet where honey is “loathsome in its own deliciousness,” that moment where the sweetness takes on an added dimension so very different from sugar, in a way that scrunches your nose when you’re a kid but closes your eyes when you’re grown up. I suppose if I were to attempt to be sophisticated I’d say it was understated. Delicious, all the same.
And Day 2–Peached Cream Honey–along with a brief excerpt:
Taste: ohh, so delicious. Sweet, syrup-sweet, thick and sugary. I have to think of peaches to discern a peachy flavour, though; it comes out at the back of my mouth, the top of my throat. It’s … a mischievous honey, this, sexy and wry. Fantastic.
Danielle is not to be outdone, and writes a beautiful entry on Kfarmishki honey here.
The honey itself is chewy, like a soft caramel, or sorbet when we add in too much guar gum and it churns into a lusciously sticky concoction, with each spoonful connecting back to the scoop with long, clinging threads.
I am going to be following their explorations with avid interest, and urge you all to check their pages for the fascinating information they relay that’s beyond the scope of this post. Learn from Danielle how Kfarmishki honey was related to nine people how died on the Titanic and the one who survived, and revel in Amal’s creative endeavours on her blog!