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Feb 20, 2010 04:33 PM


What do you do with honey in a comb?

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  1. Well, not to discourage anyone from replying, but I just found an answer (and then some):

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    1. re: Hansel

      I took at look at at that post. A few funny and odd thoughts there.

      Honeycomb is beeswax and honey, cut a chunk, chew it until the honey flavor is gone then either spit it out or swallow, your choice. The flavor is in the honey and I guess you could consider the wax as a form of chewing gum. The wax will not melt in our mouth and is not digestible.

      I recently read that comb (wax,) which is produced by the bees, may contain a fair amount of pesticides now, depending on the bee's foraging crops. So perhaps spitting it out is the way to go, although the question is how much wax will you consume in a lifetime. I would recommend purchasing honey in the comb from a local beekeeper or farmer's market, rather than a supermarket. You'll have a better idea of where and from what crops your honey came, if it's really possible to know, as bees do get around, and it'll have a smaller carbon footprint to boot. Plus beekeepers need all the $$ they can get and the world needs more pollinating insects.

      Honeycomb is not anything special really, as some posters in your link seemed to think. It's a smaller, shaped version of what the bees naturally produce for food on the frame. It's price has to do more with the honeycomb production, (a specially sectioned frame that fits into the super, although some beekeepers just cut honeycomb shapes from the drawn comb itself, and is packaged in neat little cassettes) appearance and handling, rather than it's content.

      Nice paired with sharper cheeses, good bread and fresh or dried figs but better just plain. One poster mentioned melting the wax, I think in an effort to make it more spreadable, but I really wouldn't want the wax melted in with the honey.

      I kept bees back in the 70's, it's a great pastime, but I personally never did honeycomb production, too much work for little profit at that time. I bet that's changed. I'm hoping beekeeping will be legalized in NYC soon; the city council vote comes up March 12. Buz-z-z-z.