Green Honey

He laughed at me when I took this. "After one year," he said, "and now you need my picture?"

The honey merchant removing bees. He laughed when I took this. “After one year,” he said, “and now you need my picture?”

Ethiopia is well-known for a few things, honey being one of them. Farmers will hang homemade hives in the trees of the forests, and depending on what flowers are around, all different types of honey will emerge. Each region has their own special flavors.

There is one shop in town I usually buy my honey from. Most of the time they have red or white. The white is thick and opaque, and deliciously sweet. The red is translucent and has a very distinct flavor, I can’t really describe it. Today, there was a third option. It was neon green.

I was skeptical to try this third option; anything that is neon green usually means something went wrong. But I trust my honey guy, and he poured some into a cup for me and the other customers to try. I’ll attest, this new kind of honey was something all together different. It was delicious, as all honey is here. I can’t help but wonder what kinds of flowers these bees were visiting. I gave him my little plastic container and asked for a kilo.

I love watching the honey shop as they pour their orders. Bees are flocking around like it’s their very own hive and they are desperate to get back in. As the honey folds into the container, the bees sometimes get too close and take a dive into their own sticky creation. When a kilo has been weighed out, the shop owner takes a small spoon and dips it in to carefully remove the bees. I think at first this may have grossed me out, thinking about insects being in something I’m about to eat. Now, I just marvel at the nature of the whole experience. This isn’t honey that’s been processed and packed and shipped across the world. This is from bees that are flying around me and flowers that are in the forests near my home. It’s a flavor so unique I can’t even describe it, and it’s certainly not something that can be duplicated.


2 responses to “Green Honey

  1. Wow,…………green honey! It sounds terrific and quite unexpected. You’re right. Where does green honey come from and who would expect it to be delicious. I think that it must be absolutely perfect for those who drink green tea! Think hard……………… idea in progress. As you may have guessed by now, yes, I am back on midnights again. I am filled with joy. Let me be the last to wish you Happy Birthday for this year! I know that I am ten days late, but better late than never right……..okay then. I just had a couple of bites of apple crisp or cobbler that your dad made. It goes wonderfully with a swallow or two of black coffee. He did a good job on it as it is quite pleasing to my pallate. When I work midnights I crave sweets. I guess most of the rest of the guys say they experience the same thing when they do the midnights. A couple of weeks ago I brought home a couple of avocados from Super One along with a packet of guacamole seasoning mix. Auntie Dom made it up that afternoon and we have been eating guacamole almost daily ever since. We had talked about trying to make some guacamole on several occasions over the years……………now we are wondering why we had not ventured down that road a long, long time ago. Auntie took a container of our home grown raspberries out of the freezer a few days ago. She has been eating a few of them with her yogurt the past few days. Every time I see a container of raspberries around the house I think………………………….wouldn’t Katie enjoy having a bowl of these berries. I do know how you love raspberries! Well Katie, back to work I go….hi ho…hi ho……..Happy belated birthday. Keep your stick on the ice!

    • Thanks Uncle! All this food talk, man I’m jealous. I’m glad you guys are loving the guac.. It’s one of my favorites. Luckily Avocados are plentiful here. Keep those raspberry bushes producing though.. I’ll be back for them! Love you guys.

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