Honey

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 09:02:11 -0400 (CLT)

Some friends came to visit a while back and brought some honey as a
present.  I liked it (on toast for breakfast) and decided to buy some more
here in La Serena.  The local supermarket had a variety of jars and tins
(the tins were not from bees - honey ("miel") in spanish is a more generic
term that includes sweet extract of palm trees and (separately) almonds).

In addition, and for about half the price (by weight), there were waxed
paper cartons that also claimed to be honey, containing a hard, almost
waxy substance - opaque, light brown in colour.  Since they were cheaper,
that's what I bought.

Following the instructions on the pack, I removed the carton (it was
constructed something like a waxed paper cup, pressed flat at the top and
folded over a metal strip to close), placed the honey in a pot (an old
margarine container) in a pan of warm water.  For an hour or so I juggled
with the heat to keep the water warm to the touch, then I went to bed.

This morning I had a very dark, but liquid, honey which tastes pretty good.

Now I'm wondering why the prices is so much lower.  Looking on the net
this seems to be a normal state of affairs - "my" honey is not necessarily
lower grade or doctored with in some way.

Andrew