What does Albuquerque taste like?

6 Jul

Tasting honey from my backyard

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.

Honey dipping

Albuquerque honey

Girls from my beehive

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.

Learn more:

How bees make honey
The European honey bee
The NM Native Bee Project
Albuquerque Urban Beekeepers

[Originally posted at Albuquerque’s DukeCityFix.com]


2 Responses to “What does Albuquerque taste like?”

  1. Pat Tipton April 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Dear Mistress Beek:
    I also live in the Fringecrest area and would like to purchase really local honey. Can you tell me where to find it?
    Our backyard has a rosemary bush, 2 lavendar plants, a passion vine and many, many other flowering plants. We always have tons of honey bees in the yard. Their “hum” is pleasant and they seem so very happy! I’m concerned that we see very few big black bumblebees, but we’re doing what we can to keep the bees in the ‘hood!

  2. mistress beek April 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi there,

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Not sure where you might buy honey in the ‘hood, but you might consider posting a notice here:


    I’d be happy to share but my bees aren’t producing yet 😉

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