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chestnut honey and maple syrup

Something I've sometimes indulged in is buying Rigoni's chestnut honey. It tastes the way chestnut flowers smell--it is incredibly floral and rich. Not to everybody's taste, but I love it. It also comes in octagonal jars with beautiful labels, and is from Italy, so maybe yorukamome has had some?

I love the jars, and when I was making maple syrup last spring, I used one to put syrup in. I had washed and sterilized the jar, but now the maple syrup has a hint of chestnut honey flavor about it, all the same. It's lovely!

And... it's why I don't ever put maple syrup in old dill pickle jars.

This morning's edible treat was wild grapes, still on the vine, that had begun to ferment. I found some on my walk. They had a lovely tang to them. I hear you can make a special wine out of grapes that have begun to ferment on the vine...

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travelertrish
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
You got to make maple syrup? Lucky you. It's hard work, I know. But the product at the end is...truly ambrosial.
asakiyume
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've made small quantitites of maple syrup for about four or five years now. It's completely changed how I feel about the muddy end-of-winter period here! It's so magical, true alchemy.
seuzen
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
bee keeping
have you ever had a desire to keep bees? somehow I can imagine you decked out in a beekeepers outfit
asakiyume
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: bee keeping
Yes I have, in fact! When I was at HBR there was a woman whose son kept bees, and I was fascinated.

In my quest to completely alienate my neighbors (who now on both sides of me have hired weed control people to douse their lawns...I'm feeling hemmed in...), I think a couple of hives of bees would be good :-D

But seriously, I'd really like to...
yorukamome
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
...so we also share a REAL love, and one of the bittersweetest
pleasures in life, my dear 浅き夢様...but not of the even excellent
Rigoni's: I buy my OWN chestnut honey (of which I use to eat true
TONS at breakfast, such a fuel for me!), produced by some unknown
"chestnutters" on the highest hill of our Coast, where these trees
have their real kingdom - I will keep some jars for you - the very
first thing I'm offering you at your arrival, instead of usual coffee,
LOL!

夜かもめ。
asakiyume
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, how wonderful! I'd love to see hills covered with chestnut trees. In this part of the United States, it used to be that one in four trees was a chestnut, and the American chestnuts were very sweet--but they all died from a blight at the beginning of the twentieth century, and now they only grow to be small saplings, then die, then try again... it's so sad. So the only chestnuts that grow here now are hybrids.

At just this time of year, the supermarket starts to sell lovely large Italian chestnuts--I always buy them.

Fresh homemade chestnut honey must be just the food of paradise!
yorukamome
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
and, P.S:
...believe me, this one's DIVINE...!
dream_wind
Nov. 14th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
DAMMIT, it's nearly midnight, and you've made me HUNGRY.
ex_stdymphna813
Nov. 16th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
i love chestnuts. yum. and all these delights you mention. i am glad to see you are writing still. i need to read it all. i missed you and i will add on to the song...i have a visitor this friday morning and am trying to clean, yikes. i love wild grapes. peace, nancy
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