To some it's a chili-laden hot dog from The Dog House
. To others, it's anything covered in chopped green from Frontier
or a bowl of posole on Christmas Eve (Ay dios mio, even Rachael Ray has a posole recipe
To the 30,000 honeybees living in my backyard, Albuquerque quite literally tastes like flowers.
This week, I harvested the first honey from my backyard beehive
. Call it "Fringecrest Estate" or "SE Heights Select," my polyfloral summer vintage is fruit-forward with just a hint of astringency. Ooh la la, wait til the critics get ahold of this exquisite blend.
Or, as my man likes to remind me, you can just be honest and call it bee barf
flavored quite deliciously by the lavender, catmint, and old apricot trees found in my 'hood.
Some parts of the world taste like eucalyptus or chestnut or buckwheat. Albuquerque, I've discovered, tastes like a thousand well-tended flower gardens in the middle of the desert. An oasis.
How bees make honey
The European honey bee
The NM Native Bee Project
Albuquerque Urban Beekeepers