There has been a long pause in posts since last week, largely due to weddings, Kars’ infamous electricity outages, birthdays, travels, visitors, visa runs, and days stock-full of, well, work. As I catch up with all of the 10 posts that I owe you, here is my challenge for you: what are the most popular myths about honey?
My town, a grizzly Anatolian outpost called Kars, is often labeled as gray, drab, rough-around-the-edges, dark, ominous, and sad. A friend visiting me just a few days ago observed, “Here in Kars, even the beggars don’t try very hard.” While sometimes Kars can feel a little gruffly, there are always windows full of bright gold and sunny yellow honey and cheese to pick up the mood. The optimistic omnipresence of these culinary delights often becomes the focus of any visitor. And as honey is one of the shinning attractions of the town, many conversations are stock-full of honey myths. Below are just a few of the honey myths I have heard as consumers try to choose between the hundreds of honey jars available for sale in Kars.
1. Light/white honey is organic.
2. If the honey has “comb” in it, the honey is pure.
3. If you dip a metal spoon in honey, the metal will ruin the honey’s health properties.
4. Real honey doesn’t crystalize.
5. If you hold a spoon-full of honey high into the air, and the resulting honey drip doesn’t break, it is pure honey.
6. High quality honey should tickle your throat.
7. Honey does not go bad.
8. Babies shouldn’t eat honey because of potential pesticides/medicine in the honey.
9. Some honey can kill you.
11. Honey from pure bee species tastes better than honey produced by mixed species.
11. The quality of honey increases with the diversity of plant species present around the hives, for example, “honey that has only 100 flowers is not as high in quality, or expensive, as honey from 300 flowers.”
Fact or myth; do you know the answers? Do you have more honey myths that you would like solved? Comment below and I will add them to the list. Check back in over the next week to read my next series of posts and learn the answers.