I always look forward to celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and this year I decided to pair my apples with three distinct honeys with geographic, visual and textural diversity.
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.
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.