Honey, we’re healthy and buzzing with life
Like any new place, we are curious and buzzing with life. Today, the art of discovery has lead us towards one of the sweetest finds since arriving in Tbilisi, Georgia. Everyday on the way to school we have passed a Little pink sign which reads, “Honey”. After one week, we finally went in.
As we stepped in to the small shop our eyes quickly were drawn to the case filled with different shades of honey and the plastic pots of honey comb. A warm-charactered order woman attended us with bright eyes and an eager smile to dazzle us with her honey offerings.
First, we sampled a light pale coloured honey which tasted like it came from a field of flowers. Next, we were given a more caramel coloured honey which tasted like nature. There seemed to be other “honey pots” to be sampled, but we were not offered to these to taste. I’d like to believe she was simply offering us her best and that was perfect for us. We decided on purchasing 1 kilo of the first honey we sampled which tasted as it have come from the heart of a flower.
The shop is located on Tashkenti St. in the Sabatulo district of Tbilisi. The owner sells the honey by weight and charges 1-3 lari for the jar she puts the honey in. We paid 16 lari for 1 kilo of Wild Flower Honey. I am not sure what the other prices were, as we had decided on this one. I can imagine there are other little honey shops scattered around the city or in the Dezerter Bazaar near Station Square metro stop. At minimum if you are in the market for natural honey of pure quality this is the Price we paid.
After returning home and Reading a bit more about Georgian honey, I was surprised to learn how popular this countries honey is. Not only for its health benefits and uses, but it fame in the bee specie world. Georgian bees hold several agricultural and biological qualities making it not only unique in its final product, but also in its ability of being one of the most efficient bees of its species.
Historically, Georgians have used honey as a healing remedy for various diseases. Georgia is recognized as one of the worlds oldest cultures to be engaged in beekeeping and honey production since ancient times. The two honey’s we tasted were: Lime Honey and Wild Flower Honey. Both offer several health remedies, including: being used as a natural remedy for burns, the common cold, and bronchitis (Lime Honey) Or aiding in the reduction of nasty headaches, insomnia, heart and stomach diseases (Wild Flower Honey). There are two additional honey”s offered throughout the country, Milk Honey and Chestnut Honey (not from the nut, but from the color).
In conclusion, our curiosity paid off today when we stepped into the small honey shop. Lesson learned: Seize the moment and don’t wait. Life is short. Even if its just a honey shop. What sweet find have you found in your local area which pleasantly surprised you?