Sometimes you want a little sweetness with your cheese, perhaps in the form of a fig mostarda, red currant jam or floral honey (Honey with a peppery blue cheese is a tried and true combo every time). With that last one in mind, I signed up back in the spring for a share through a Honey CSA, Brooklyn Honey, run by Megan at Brooklyn Homesteader, entitling me to jars of genuine Brooklyn honey, borne of the pollens within 3 miles of their hive, which can include flowers as far away as Central Park, as well as honeycombs and bags of pollen.
As the above photo shows, I just got my first share! And I have to say, this honey is absolutely delicious, floral, spicy and complex. Here’s to the hardworking bees of Brooklyn for producing it!
In addition to being delicious and local, eating honey that originates in your area can work as a form of immunotherapy in the treatment of allergies. Honey contains traces of the pollen spores that trigger allergies, so by eating these honeys you acclimate your immune system to the same spores that you’ll be inhaling while walking down the street. That’s the theory anyways, and hey, either way you get a delicious accompaniment for your favorite blue (You can read a NYTimes piece on honey and allergies here).