Fragrant Quote for April 3, 2012 from A garden of simples By Martha Bockée Flint

ragrant Quote for April 3, 2012 from A garden of simples
By Martha Bockée Flint

Honey is a generic term, including a wide range of varying colours and flavours. It gives a complete chromatic scale, from the limpid apple-blossom honey, earliest garnered, through translucent tints of amber, from the palest straw-colour to the sienna shades of buckwheat honey. As many as the tones of colour, are t...he distinct flavours. Sometimes, as in buckwheat honey, perhaps the richest of all, the very fragrance of the flower may be recognized. The delicate aroma of the white clover and the
basswood honey, with its suggestion of mint, are at once discriminated. The sorrel-tree of the southern Alleghanies also yields, from its erect racemes of cream-coloured flowers, honey, with a distinctive taste and unsurpassed perfume. The honey of the Mississippi Valley, and of the Pacific slope differs greatly from that extracted from the eastern flora. Certain spots in the Old World have been always famed for honey of a particular fragrance and flavour. Mount Hybla, was called " the empire of the bees.'' The honey of Mount Ida, and from the "brown bees of Hymettus," took its bouquet from the wild thyme. In the fourth Georgic Vergil bids us to set near the hives ". . . Fresh lavender and store Of wild thyme with strong savory to flower." The honey of Narbonne is redolent with the sweetness of orange-blossoms. It is to be remembered that many fragrant flowers, notably the rose and the lilac, do not yield their delicious sweets to the bee. While stores of honey are made from blossoms inconspicuous as the red raspberry and the sumach and possessing no perceptible perfume. This fact has long been known. One of the many old plays of uncertain authorship which usher the seventeenth century speaks of" the bee that sucks her honey not from the sweetest flowers, but from thyme the bitterest."