A couple of months back a stumbled upon a tiny excerpt in Monocle magazine about the production of honey in Paris. I was astounded. Paris? Really?
While living in France my husband and I would always pick up bottles of local honey everywhere we went, but had never run across any from Paris. Honey is a staple in our house, to be served on top of yogurt, spread across a good chunk of bread with goat cheese, or alone, it's a tasty treat.
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We brought honey over with us when we moved back to the U.S. and have been hoarding it like gold (along with our foie gras!). I recently found a hyper-local honey producer who has bees in the hills above Berkeley, Albany, and Oakland – it is very good stuff and I love supporting local growers, but now I am intrigued about Paris.
On my next trip to Paris coming up in the Fall, I am definitely going to be on the hunt for Parisian honey!
While I was doing my research, because I was fascinated by this topic, I found the following interesting facts.
Bees in the city face fewer pesticides and more flowers so they, therefore, produce more honey. A beehive in the country produces 25 kilos (55 pounds) of honey a year, but in the city, it will produce 80 (176 pounds)! Although I started seeing different numbers after reading several articles, you get the point!
The most expensive honey from Paris is from the top of the Paris Opera costing 15 Euros for 125 grams (4 oz). I want to sample that!
Interesting posts and articles I found while feeding my curiosity:
> Honey Made in Paris by David Lebovitz
> Rooftops abuzz with beekeeping in Paris from HuffPost
> Who's Humming at Opera? Believe It or Not, Bees from the New York Times (from 2003 – I am perplexed that I NEVER heard about this before!)
I will be on the lookout for this during my trip in the autumn, and I will definitely report back!