Acacia or forest? Heather or manuka? A report in the UK's Guardian looks at how people just can't get enough of the stuff.
At my supermarket, a jar of basic clear honey costs 99p. Down the deli, acacia, forest or heather is £6 and manuka can set you back £15. Precious stuff, honey. Producing it is hard work: a bee makes just a 12th of a teaspoon in its lifetime; a one-pound jar represents the nectar from two million flowers. We’ve been collecting it for 10,000 years (as illustrated in early wall-paintings), the Romans paid taxes with it. It never goes off in its raw state, has supposed health benefits, tastes sublime and was – until the discovery of sugar – our only sweetener.
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