Black Gold – Ancient Honey Secrets

With the sugar debate still raging in the UK, its good to remember that a little of what you like does you good – and especially if its in its purest form.

I was amazed by the array of different honey’s I saw in the supermarket over here, actually it made me realise that the clear uniform jars of golden honey that I grew up on as a child of the 70’s and 80’s are a world apart from the history, taste and benefits of the real thing in its purest form.

Desert honey is as old as the Pyramids, it was found in Egyptian tombs and I read was still edible – they used it for cosmetic and embalming reasons.

Here in Morocco real pure honey is an expensive and prized treat, a black gold that is often only available in local areas. Created by wild desert bees feeding in natural surroundings on flowers and plants, this honey is minimally processed and a world apart from mainstream supermarket honey’s which I found out can be tainted by toxins in the atmosphere, antibiotics or created by Bees fed on sugar syrup.

Pure single source monofloral honeys are the equivalent of a single malt  – they carry the essence of the plants and atmosphere of the regions the bees have inhabited. So you can find honeys with the scent and flavour of Eucalyptus, Thyme, Orange Blossom and many more. The fine desert honeys of Morocco are from robust Bees who travel vast distances to feed on the Dagmus plant; a hibiscus type plant which comes in many varieties such as; Malagasy Dagmus, Red Dagmus and Bloody Dagmus.

There are three main botanical types of Dagmus plant with different associated medical and wellness benefits beyond delicious taste.

These benefits group into 3 main areas:

Aldrghmus: suggested for weight loss, appetite suppression and thyroid and fibroid issues.                                                                                                                            Caralluma Sp: suggested for eyes, joints, skin, teeth and detoxing.          Euphorbia ;  the most prized and is claimed to be a natural antibiotic, treatment for liver disease, cancer, acute asthma, rheumatism, severe colds, diabetes and headaches.

I will write more on honey and post pictures of the honey I find, I’ve made it my mission to taste the different types and share the tasting notes. Honey will be my new wine as step down my wine drinking to take up more healthy pursuits (well that’s the plan).

I won’t feel guilty anymore for a sweet tooth if its also protecting me from cancer, but at the high packaged prices (c. €27 per 250g jar) it will be an occasional treat or treatment not a habit – even if you buy it in the country towns from a local co-op its £60 for a litre, precious indeed.