Practical Ideas for How to Eat Honeycomb
Most of us feel that eating raw honey is a good idea. This natural food is a nutritious addition to our diet. But, the idea of eating honeycomb comes as a shock to some people. Should we really chew beeswax? Here are some great ideas for those of you wondering how to eat honeycomb.
Can You Eat Beeswax?
When you eat honeycomb, you are not eating just beeswax. The structure of the comb is indeed pure beeswax.
Bees make wax into sheets of hexagonal cells. This gives them room to raise young and store honey.
However, the honeycomb that you consume contains other substances, beeswax, honey, pollen and propolis can be present.
For more information on the history of honeycomb consumption and guidelines read my post: Is Honeycomb Edible?.
Honeycomb Nutrition- Are there Benefits to Eating Honeycomb?
What are the health benefits, if any, to eating raw honeycomb? The answer to this question depends in part on who you ask.
Pure beeswax is indigestible by the human digestive system. When you swallow beeswax, it will pass through your system in the same way as any insoluble item.
Some proponents of eating honeycomb believe you get more healthy nutrients, minerals and enzymes from its consumption. This is a debatable issue in my opinion.
One thing I know for sure is that honeycomb is a simple natural food. It has been consumed for thousands of years and never spoils when protected from moisture.
Honeycomb will last for a long time. My post How to Store Honeycomb has more tips for proper storage of this raw food.
When you bite into a piece of honeycomb, you feel the liquid honey “explode” from the individual cells. This provides a unique taste sensation.
But because beeswax is “waxy”, if you continue to chew the result will be a ball of wax in your mouth.
Some people swallow the wax in small pieces after the honey is gone but it is perfectly okay to spit it out if you prefer.
How to Eat Honeycomb by Itself
One of the best ways to enjoy honeycomb is to eat is all by itself. Cut it into small pieces and dig in – it is quite an experience.
If you have never tasted raw honeycomb, I encourage you to give a small piece a try.
Honey in the comb has not been pasteurized. It is ready to eat in the form that nature intended – direct from the beehive.
Whether you swallow the excess beeswax or spit it out is up to you. But, this is the most pristine way to enjoy truly raw honey in its natural form.
Honeycomb is Delicious Paired with Other Foods
For those of you who are not beekeepers, pairing fresh honeycomb with other foods if the most popular form of consumption.
It is common to add honey to our recipes. Sometimes, it becomes a main ingredient and other times, honey is drizzled on top of a dish.
When eating honeycomb, the individual wax cells hold the honey until you bite into them.
This allows the honey flavor to really stand out and not be lost in the other food flavors.
Easy Ideas for Eating Raw Honeycomb
- cut honeycomb into small pieces and enjoy
- mix small chunks of honeycomb into softened vanilla ice cream
- top plain yogurt with pieces of honeycomb and add a honey drizzle
- spread honeycomb on warm bread, toast or muffins
- place a thin slice of honeycomb on top of waffles or pancakes
- a great addition to grilled sandwiches
- cubes of honeycomb are often paired with flavorful goat cheeses
There are many easy way to enjoy eating raw honeycomb. You can make it as simple or as complex as you desire.
Never tried it? Maybe it’s time you should. Search out a source for honeycomb (order here on Amazon) and find out what you have been missing!