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Honey Journal Returns! Ecuador Adventure

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013

Last year was a very busy one for me. Between the show, ramping up Prager University, the Prager/Carolla tour, my teaching commitments and family, I had very little time for much else — even honey. But I hate making excuses. And honey is too important. And too much fun. So, the Honey Journal is back. I begin with a story from Ecuador where I was with Dennis and our wonderful listener group just a few weeks ago. Dennis, his wife, Sue, my incomparable sister, Amy (the...

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Honey Journal #35 Napa Valley to Morocco via Hawaii

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011

Name: Branches Black Button Sage Honey; Arganouz Argan Tree Honey: Royal Hawaiian Honey, Macadamia Nut Blossom You can buy it: Black Button — on the Internet here. (Black Button), Argan Tree — the next time you’re in Casablanca , Macadamia Nut — on the Internet here and Whole Foods. Country: Napa Valley, CA, Morocco, Hawaii, USA. Color: Black Button — Butterscotch , Argan Tree — Dark Caramel, Macadamia Nut — Almond. Flavor: Black...

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Honey Journal #34 Sarawak, Borneo

Saturday, Feb 26, 2011

Name: Organic A. Mangium HoneyYou can buy it: In fine food stores in Brunei or on the Internet here. Country: BorneoColor: Brown SugarFlavor: Plum and apricot jam. Sweet, but not overly so. Quite refreshing. Consistency: Solid. You can stand a knife in it straight up. Fragrance: Fruity with suggestions of plum, apricot and grapes. Notes: On our listener cruises, my honey antennae are on full alert. I spotted honey in Hong Kong and Taipei, but wasn’t tempted to buy....

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Honey Journal — The Italian Job

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010

Honey Journal #33 Name: Jalongo and Vignolini Miele Italiano di Flori di Eucalipto You can buy it: In fine food stores in Italy or on the Internet here. Country: ItalyColor: Carmel Flavor: Soft caramel chew with a tang of eucalyptus. Consistency: Solid. You have to peel it with a spoon Fragrance: Sweet musk Notes: Tempus fugit. The older you get the faster it goes. In two months, we leave on our next Prager Listener Cruise to Southeast Asia and I’m still thinking...

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Honey Journal — The Minnesota State Fair

Monday, Sep 6, 2010

Honey Journal #32 — The Minnesota State Fair Name: (1) Ames Farms Single Source Honey — Basswood. You can buy it in fine food stores in Minnesota or on the Internet here,(2) Kallas Pure Honey — Sunflower. Unfiltered and Uncooked. You can buy it: In fine food stores throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota or on the Internet here. (3) Bar Bell Bee Ranch Dandelion Honey. You can buy it throughout Minnesota or on the Internet here. Country: USA, Minnesota and...

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Honey Journal #31 — Portugal and Madeira

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010

If you heard the show today, Thursday, June 10, third hour, you heard the world’s first live radio honey tasting. These are the two honeys that were experienced by Dennis and two volunteers from the audience. I added commentary. Honey Journal #31. Honey from Portugual and the island of Madeira Names: (1) Mel Estrella. You can buy it in fine food stores in Lisbon, Portugal or on the Internet here. (2) Mel de Abelhas You can buy it: In fine food stores on the island of...

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Honey Journal #30 — Canary Islands

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010

Name: (1) Miel De Cumbre Hipoloto Cabrera Cabrera, (2) Mieles Taburiente You can buy it: In fine food stores in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and in fine food stores in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Country: Canary Islands, Spain Color: (1) Light Caramel, (2) Dark Brown Flavor: (1) Sweet grape, (2) Dark molasses with hints of maple syrup Consistency: (1) Solid. You have to peel it with a spoon. (2) Thick, but liquid. Fragrance: (1) Distant floral scent (2) Musky...

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Honey Journal #29 — Honey From Ethiopia

Monday, Feb 22, 2010

Name: Sekota Sunrise (This honey really doesn’t have a name. I just made that up. Read on…) You can buy it: You can’t buy it unless you’re planning a trip to Ethiopia and even then it’s doubtful. Country: Ethiopia Color: Lemon Curd Flavor: Sweet and smoky with a zest of citrus. Consistency: Thick Fragrance: Barbecued chicken Notes: A couple of months ago I received this email. “Hey Allen,I think you are the guy who collects honey. I...

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Honey Journal #28 — Hudson’s Sweeties Pure Honey

Friday, Jan 15, 2010

Name: Hudson’s Sweeties Pure Honey You can buy it: In Southern New Jersey or you can call 856-468-1367 and order some. Country: New Jersey, USA Color: Maple Syrup Flavor: A sweet, buttery malt taste with hints of dark chocolate. Very clean, fresh follow through. Consistency: Thick, but with an easy flow. Fragrance: Light wildflower scent Notes: I really liked this honey. Susie, my wife, went crazy for it. It has an unusual taste and it took me longer than usual to...

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Honey Journal #27 — Ours Brun Rosemary Honey

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009

Name: Ours Brun Rosemary Honey You can buy it: In Chicago at the fabulous gourmet food shop Fox and Obel. Or on the Internet here. Country: France Color: Caramel Flavor: Pleasant mix of cashews and golden raisins — sweet, but not cloying. Consistency: Medium thick, but will separate of over time, the thinner honey rising to the top and the thicker honey falling to the bottom. Fragrance: Light floral bouquet. Notes: Somehow it figures that a honey from France would...

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Honey Journal #26

Thursday, Aug 27, 2009

Honey Journal #26 Name: WC Kester Apiaries Meadowfoam Honey You can buy it: At the Farmers Market in Salem, Oregon or on the Internet here. Country: Oregon, USA Color: Maple Syrup Flavor: Sweet vanilla with a hint of clove at the finish Consistency: Medium thick Fragrance: Box of raisins Notes: I’m in Oregon a lot because my parents and brother and sister live there. And, of course, I’m always on the lookout for honey. My mother makes a trip to the Farmers...

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Honey Journal #25

Thursday, Jul 9, 2009

Honey Journal #25 Name: Hachiminoya Summer Honey You can buy it: On the Internet here Country: Japan Color: Amber Flavor: Dark cherries and golden raisins. Consistency: Medium thick Fragrance: A hillside of wildflowers in bloom. Notes: This honey was generously provided by a listener who spends a lot of time in Japan. He was so concerned that the jar might break in transit that he brought it back with him to Cleveland and then shipped it from there to me. It comes in...

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Honey Journal #24

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Honey Journal #24 Name: Fowler’s Texas Cream Honey You can buy it: On the Internet here Country: Texas, USA Color: Light sandstone Flavor: A swirl of carmel taffy and chocolat with a sweet Texas grapefruit kick. Consistency: Buttery Fragrance: Citrus and Chocolate Notes: This honey was sent to me by a listener from Texas who, I’m proud to report, has become a honey aficionado while reading this journal. This is his favorite honey and it’s not hard to...

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Honey Journal #23

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009

Honey Journal #23 Name: Big Island Bees Organic Hawaiian Honey: Wilelaiki Blossom You can buy it: At Whole Foods or on the Internet here. Country: Hawaii, USA Purchased: December, 2008 Color: Lemon curd Flavor: Distinct taste of brown sugar with a malt finish. Consistency: Thick and grainy Fragrance: Lemony Notes: I have written about more honey from Hawaii than from any other place. I’m beginning to form the opinion that it’s the center of the honey universe....

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Honey Journal #22

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009

Honey Journal #22 Name: Oregon Growers and Shippers, Blackberry Honey. Raw and Unfiltered. You can buy it: Roth’s Food Markets in Oregon or on the Internet here. Country: Oregon, USA Purchased: March, 2009 Color: Oak Flavor: Warm cotton candy with slight hints of blackberry Consistency: Atomic and very grainy. Fragrance: Very faint chocolate milk, but I’m reaching. Notes: This the kind of honey that you’d find in Granny’s kitchen. The scene goes...

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