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Stuck On Honey

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 13, 2009

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When I was a kid, my parents found a swarm of bees in our courtyard. These worker bees seemed to have followed their Queen bee, which for some reason preferred to come to our place. So, we decide to give her free service, and have been able to keep and semi-domesticate all her fellow insects, and harvest excess honey for a couple of years, up until some mysterious circumstances caused the death of the colonies.

As an individual who is stuck on honey much, our “home-produced” honey remained my favorite one for a long time, until I tested the most amazing honey last week at my friends’ house. My friends just got back from Ethiopia, and brought raw, thyme/eucalyptus honey with them. Honestly speaking, I have tested hundreds of different honey brands and qualities from all continents, but this one from the Ethiopian region of Gojjam, is exquisite. The color, the clarity, the aroma, specially the flavor is unparalleled, one can feel something special on the mucous membrane of the throat when you slide a piece of pancake, filled with this sort of honey. Simply great!

EthioHoneySo, I was given some spoons of this unique honey to take it home. Yesterday, when I got home, my flat was literally occupied by another swarm of bees. I had left the jar opened, so the honey was an attractor for them, and they got in to take what belongs to them. But this time, I couldn’t keep them all with me, because I was unable to identify the Queen bee…then I thought, these days, organic honey is quite scarce to find, both for the insects and humans.

Rank

Country 2005

Thousand metric tonnes

Global honey production in %

1.

China

298

21.5

2.

Turkey

82.3

5.9

3.

Argentina

80

5.8

4.

United States

79.2

5.7

5.

Ukraine

71.5

5.1

6.

Russia

52.1

3.8

7.

India

52

3.7

8.

Mexico

50.6

3.6

9.

Ethiopia

39

2.8

10.

Spain

37

2.7

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