The honey connoisseur

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The HONEY CONNOISSEUR Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey, With a Guide to More than 30 Varietals C Marina Marchese & Kim Flottum Illustrations by Elara Tanguy DEDICATION FROM KIM… Marina certainly is the inspiration for this work We have worked together on projects in the past and this was the next step for each of us Her focus is on the magic of how and why honey comes to be Mine shows where and when honey is born Each of us following a passion has produced what you now read Passions, though, are fueled by many fires My other passion, my best friend and my greatest source of support and balance, Kathy, made this book, and everything, possible Thanks Kath FROM MARINA… Without Kim, this book would not be complete Without Vic, there would not be time to write it Without Becky, no one would ever read it Without the bees, there would be no honey Without beekeepers, there would be no passion Without honey lovers, there would be no reason A heart-full of thanks to all those who came on the journey and have embraced this sweet work CONTENTS CHAPTER 1: La Dolce Vita CHAPTER 2: Terroir: A Portrait of the Land CHAPTER 3: The Honey Plants CHAPTER 4: The Not-So-Sweet Side of Honey CHAPTER 5: Tasting Honey CHAPTER 6: Pairing Honey with Cheese and Food Glossary Index References Y yeasts, 15, 138, 157 Yemen, 124–125 SOME REFERENCES ON PLANTS THAT PRODUCE HONEY There are a handful of good books and resources that will give you all the information you are looking for about honey producing plants Books Louisiana Honey Plants, Dale Pollet, LSU Ag Center, LA Coop Extension Service Plants For Beekeeping In Canada and the northern States, Jane Ramesy, IBRA Weeds Of California and Other Western States, Vol I & II, DiTomaso & Healy, CA Weed Science Society Wetland Plants of Western Wasington and Northwestern Oregon, Sarah Cooke, Seattle Audubon Society American Honey Plants, Frank Pellett, Dadant & Son (reprints available) Weeds Of The Northeast, Richard H Uva, Joseph C Neal, Joseph M DiTomaso, Comstock Publishing Texas Honey Plants, Sanborn & Scholl, Dept Of Ent., College Station, TX Honey Plants Of California, M.C Richter, CA, Experiment Station Weeds Of The South, Bryson and DeFelice, Univ GA Press Silvics Of Forest Trees, H A Fowells, USDA Handbook 271 Honey Plants Of North America, John Lovell, A I Root Company (reprint available) Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants, S E McGregor, USDA Hand book 496 (reprint available) The USDA Invasive Plant List Invasive Plants list from various states, and the USDA Plants The Internet There’s certainly a wealth of information and misinformation on the Internet How are you to know if the information you’re accessing is accurate? We have a rule when using the Internet: The source needs to verify itself with scientific references, which themselves have to be easily verified It’s not a foolproof system, but it’s proven to be a reliable system for us Start with Wikipedia We advise you to start a search on this site when looking for plant information because the sources are plentiful and often most of what you need can be found there Don’t assume, however, that Wikipedia is perfect, because sometimes it’s more opinion than fact A good Wikipedia entry always lists the sources used to present the data Always reliable is the USDA plants database: But always check further, usually with a University reference Of course you may want additional information on a particular plant If you have succumbed to our descriptions of some of these varietal honeys, perhaps becoming a beekeeper is in your future and growing one of these plants to produce the honey is interesting For instance, one avocado tree can provide much in the way of that honey for a hive in the back yard and garden forums can provide insights that sound science sometimes overlooks A good site to look at is: forums, where personal experience can often outweigh hard science So be sure to check out sources like those as well For more information on honey tasting visit Photo Credits Photographs © copyright: Africa Studio p 132, p 181; Allen WorldWide p 167; ANCH p 36; andersphoto p 178; Andrew Purcell photography and Micah Morton styling p 43, p 145, p 158, p 165, p 186, p 189, p 191, p 192, p 195; Anna Sedneva p 49; Batareykin p 22; Bine p 150; Brzostowska p 14; Crepesoles p 146; Darios p 40; Darryl Vest p 31; de2marco p 31; design56 p 173; Forewer p 139; Fredredhat p 19; Fribus Ekaterina p 184; Galyna Andrushko p 36; Garsya p 137; Gayvoronskaya_Yana p 178; Geoffrey Kuchera p 162-163; Giuliano Coman p 167; grafvision p 39; haveseen p 173; hvoya p 185; Imageman p 185; Inaquim p 24-25; irin-k p 134; J.K York p 30; Joannawnuk p 20; J.Y p 142; JIANG HONGYAN p 144; JinYoung Lee p 131; jordache p 147; Jorge Moro p 28-29; Juice Team p 178; Justyna Kaminska p 170; KAZMAT p 35; Khamidulin Sergey p 161; kuleczka p 140; LanKS p 160; Larina Natalia p 169, p 174; Le Do p 30; Lidante p 177; LilKar p 7; M Unal Ozmen p 183; Madlen p 130, p 167; Manamana p 33; MARGRIT HIRSCH p 34; matin p 167; Minerva Studio p 51; Monticello p 152; Msheldrake p 2; Nadezda Verbenko p 48; Nattika p 182; Nikola Bilic p 17; Nikola Spasenoski p 135; NinaM p 50; Olinchuk p 16; Pakhnyushcha p 13; Picsfive p 167; Pixy p 34; Preto Perola p 178; Reika p 178; Richard Griffin p 26; saddako p 180; saied shahin kiya p 130; Seregam p 178; Sergio33 p 32; Sergiy Telesh p 183; Sherjaca p 46; Stocksnapper p 182, p 183; Straga p 8; StudioSmart p 155; Takiev Alexander p 10; Texturis p 33; Todd Klassy p 32; Videowokart p 35; Viktar Malyshchyts p 166; Volosina p 166; weter 777 p 157; Yutilova Elena p 148 ABOUT THE AUTHORS C Marina Marchese is changing the way people taste and use honey She is a beekeeper, author, and honey sommelier and the visionary behind Red Bee ® Artisanal Honey, which has received the Slow Foods Snail of Approval Award She is the founder of the American Honey Tasting Society, which hosts educational Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops She is also the author of Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper She lives in Weston, Connecticut After receiving a degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Kim Flottum worked for four years in the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab studying pollination ecology For more than 25 years he has been the editor of the monthly magazine Bee Culture and is the publisher of books on honey bee pests and diseases, marketing, queen production, beekeeping history, and beginning beekeeping, as well as the classic industry reference, The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture He lives in Medina, Ohio Copyright © 2013 C Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum Illustrations copyright © 2013 Elara Tanguy All rights reserved No part of this book, either text or illustration, may be used or reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc 151 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011 Distributed by Workman Publishing Company 225 Varick Street New York, NY 10014 Cover design by Red Herring Design Cover photograph by Andrew Purcell ISBN-13: 978-1-57912-929-3 e-ISBN: 978-1-60376-332-5 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data available on file ... sends the bees away from the frames to another part of the hive Once the bees are moved away from the honey, the beekeeper can remove the boxes, or supers, that contain the frames and bring them... spin the honey out of the beeswax cells, much like a lettuce spinner As the honey is pulled from the cells by the spinning extractor, it hits the sides of the tank and runs to the bottom of the. .. each frame When the frames are bursting with honey, the beekeeper’s work begins To extract the honey from the beeswax, the beekeeper must first coax the bees away from the frames There are several
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