We often get asked about honeycomb…can you eat honeycomb? what’s it like and how can we use it? The good news is..yes! It is totally safe (and some say very healthy) to eat honeycomb as the honey (as for all raw honey) in the honeycomb is a natural antibiotic.
You Can Eat Honeycomb!!
In fact, honeycomb with honey is becoming increasingly popular with professional and amateur chefs alike, with so many options to use comb honey in cooking! Honeycomb may also contain (in small amounts) some bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly; these additional bee products are said to have potential health benefits of their own (1) and is rich in carbohydrates and antioxidants.
What is Raw Honeycomb?
Raw honeycomb is made by honey bees to store honey, pollen, and house their larva. It is made when raw honey is captured within the waxy hexagon-shaped honeycomb cells.
In contrast to the smoothness of honey, raw honeycomb has a texture which provides it with body, and because of this honeycomb can partner with foods that honey can’t (see our suggestions below).
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How to Eat Honeycomb
There are so many ways honeycomb, and the delicious natural honey that comes with it! Here are some of our favourite ways to eat honeycomb.
- On warm bread or pancakes!! Spread a spoonful of raw bee honeycomb – just like you would raw honey – on freshly buttered, warm bread straight from the oven or toaster, pancakes, waffles, and banana bread!
- Serve with a cheese platter to balance the creaminess of soft cheeses Honeycomb is a great addition to a cheese platter with some of your favourite cheeses (handmade, gourmet or organic, whatever strikes your fancy), seasonal fruit and nuts, simply place on the platter with your cheese. For a more decadent option, place pieces of honeycomb and drizzled honey over a camembert wheel and bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Serve with crackers or crusty bread.
- Stirred through ice cream For a simple but delicious dessert, blend chunks of honeycomb through slightly softened vanilla bean ice cream (you can try our recipe here) for homemade hokey-pokey!
- As a salad topping Top off your favourite fresh salad with chunks of raw honeycomb in lieu of dressing. Honeycomb is a perfect addition with roast beetroot and goat’s cheese salad; Rocket, pear, and parmesan, or roast vegetable salad.
- Boost your breakfast Stir chopped honeycomb into natural Greek yoghurt, blending the sweet and sour flavours and serve on granola.
Remember, honeycomb is as natural a product as you can get so you can also eat honeycomb straight from the package. Adults and children alike will enjoy licking the oozing honey from their hands!
Buy fresh raw honeycomb from the Simply Honey online shop.
Storing Raw Honeycomb
Your raw honeycomb should be stored at room temperature, not in the fridge. Honeycomb can be kept for a long time as due to its antibiotic properties it will not ‘go off’. Depending on how long you keep your honeycomb it may start to crystallise; don’t worry even then it is still 100% edible…