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Tell’em about the honey, Mummy

Summer’s done & dusted, allergies and all. It is said that eating honey from your locality increases your immunity to the ill effects of local pollen. This makes a certain kind of sense. Reminded of this over the summer, I’d set off in search of Wexford Honey. I sought the elusive nectar in Wexford supermarkets, health food shops and butchers. Wellll! butchers used sell local eggs and honey, once upon a time. A few weeks of searching and no Wexford honey to be found until, I tweet a request.

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Honey 1&2

Wildflower Honey €5.99, Pure European Honey €5.00

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Amongst one lady’s suggestions she’d added bakery as a possible retail outlet. In ‘La Cuisine’ I found ‘Pure European Honey’ from Tony Walshe, Carrigbyrne Apiary, FOULKSMILLS. In the mean time another friend suggested ‘Kate’s Farm Shop’, I’d passed ‘Kate’s’ on my way to Duncannon at the weekend. I found two pots there, ‘Bolgers’ Honey, a Unique blend of Irish and non EU honey from some place near Enniscorthy. Also Wildflower Honey, from Loch Gorman fine foods, Castletown, Gorey, County Wexford. All are 100% honey.

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Pure Wexford Honey, Purchased in a butchers € 6.50 according to the seller "its been tested."

Reading labels can be a dangerous matter, now I had a few questions. Had I left things alone I might have happily benefited from the placebo effect. I found http://www.fsai.ie/ and their 2006 honey report : An alytical and traceability survey to determine the authenticity of honey labelled as Irish on the Irish market.

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Bolgers Honey €5.99

Exerpt: Sample 8 Bolgers Honey:
Sample 8 had Eucalyptus, but no Echium, therefore it is of questionably Irish origin. Usually, when Echium is present with Eucalyptus, the conclusion from previous works has been that the honey is not Irish. When Echium is not present, i.e. Eucalyptus only, as in sample 8, then it could be Irish, but this would be unusual. According to Sawyer (1988)3, Eucalyptus spp. and Echium spp. occur in “sporadic” amounts in English and Irish honey, but are never found together in the same sample. Echium spp. is generally found locally in honey produced in calcareous regions, while Eucalyptus pollen occurs in honey in the vicinity of mature Eucalyptus trees.

Hence the a Unique blend of Irish and non EU honey. [Might the content of Irish honey diluted with other honey be as a tincture in homeopathy? 😉 probably not!]

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I worked with the Crafts Council of Ireland for a number of years there were strict criteria between decorated in Ireland and made in Ireland. Hhhhmmmm!.

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To be honest, I don’t particularly like honey, anyway! 😀



One response to “Tell’em about the honey, Mummy”

  1. Deirdre says:

    Now!

    You’ve located honey that states it’s Wexford honey. This honey that has a lesser carbon footprint and cheaper packaging is twice to three times the price of that you’ll buy in your supermarket. A little more research, only occasionally by reading the label you’ll discover this is a blend of irish & non Irish honey. Clearly those local Wexford bees are well traveled. Egypt, Cyprus to name but a few locations of origin. 🙂

    Really the only way you can be sure you are getting local honey is to befriend a local Apiary owner, bee enthusiast or own your own bee hive.

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