Many people come to us for our direct imports, but our selection of local products is just as strong.
Why does honey crystallize? The short answer is precipitation. Honey is an extremely concentrated sugar solution with an average ratio of 70% sugar to less than 20% water. By forcing this much sugar into solution the bees optimize their storage space, but they also over-saturate the liquid, making it pretty easy for some of this sugar to fall out and start forming solid sugar crystals.
What is so lovely about Lo Brusc is that the selection of flavor profiles that their honey offer ranges from super subtle and delicate to bitter, funky and pungent. Their honey is very true to the flower source and I always turn to Lo Brusc as the example for what a particular single source honey should taste like.
Although we are known for having a vast international honey selection at the shop, I think that this year’s selection of domestic honey particularly stands out.
Recently, I have been on a bit of a ricotta kick – incorporating it into salads, dolloping it on strawberries and, more recently, experimenting with it on bruschetta-like toasts. Quick and easy to put together, they are a kind of open faced sandwich. Made with a sprinkling of dried Turkish figs and spring blossom honey, they are very more-ish!
Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit an apiary for the first time. Local beekeeper, Jean-Claude, was leading a small, introductory class to beekeeping and, after a quick hop, skip and a jump (i.e. a T journey, a bus ride and a short walk), I found my way to his hives which are nestled between the Boston Nature Center and the Clark Cooper Community Gardens in Mattapan.
When putting together cheese plates for our Sunday classes, we pair a condiment with each cheese flight. Not only is it fun for folks to try new things together but the ‘whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ phenomenon certainly comes into play when pairing cheeses with condiments.
One of my favorite deliveries happens on Fridays, when Michael from Carlisle Farmstead Cheese drops off a few rounds of goat cheese made by his wife Tricia, along with a few cases of Carlisle Honey, collected by beekeeper Ed Erny.
Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 Peaches 1/8 cup Granulated Sugar 1 cup Carolyn Hillman’s Unsalted Goat Cheese 1/4 cup Api Chestnut Honey 1 tablespoon Vietnamese Cinnamon Instructions: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, cut the peaches in half and discard the pit. Sprinkle each half with a thin layer of granulated sugar and place the Continue Reading »