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Jan 3, 2008 04:53 PM

Pine Honey?

Does anyone know a suitable substitute for pine honey? I've got access to loads of different honeys, but no stores I know of in NYC carry this honey made from the honeydew of an insect.

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  1. Talk to the "Honey Guy" at the Union Square Green Market. If you don't know who that is, just go to that Green Market and ask for the Honey Guy. He may be able to get you what you are looking for, or to suggest a good option. Good luck.

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    1. re: Non Cognomina

      P.S. You may want to try a Turkish grocery store, and ask for "çam balı." A Greek grocery may also have it, but I don't know what it's called in Greek.

    2. Please enlighten those of us who don't know what pine honey is? Are conifers involved? What insect? The taste? (Oh please, tell us of the taste...)

      So curious,

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      1. re: cayjohan

        Here's the wikipedia link:
        I would also like to know about the taste.

        1. re: hannaone

          Thanks hannaone! I knew ants "milked" honeydew from aphids, but I was clueless about the bees. Good gawd, this honey sounds wonderful - maybe like retsina, in a way?


            1. re: cayjohan

              I wonder if the aphids enjoy or hate this process.

        2. What about lemon zest and rosemary? I have made this several times, and I enjoy the taste. But it's not a substitute for the honey made from the honeydew of an insect; it's a substitute for honey infused with pine needles. Check this out: