Every time I catch up with High Point RBA Richard Lawrence I learn something new. The latest revelation: he’s a beekeeper.
Following the Jan. 1 200K in Lexington, Richard gave me a small container of golden honey. "I have a million employees working for me," he said with a sly grin.
The container looks a lot like those small Hammer Gel vials I see cyclists using. And that made me curious. Was Richard suggesting that I carry his honey along on rides, squeezing out the occasional shot for quick burst of energy?
Based on a look at honey's ingredients, I could probably do that. This is from Wikipedia:
Honey is a mixture of sugars and other compounds. With respect to carbohydrates, honey is mainly fructose (about 38.5%) and glucose (about 31.0%), making it similar to the synthetically produced inverted sugar syrup which is approximately 47% fructose, 47% glucose and 5% sucrose. Honey's remaining carbohydrates include maltose, sucrose, and other complex carbohydrates.
Honey contains trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals. As with all nutritive sweeteners, honey is mostly sugars and is not a significant source of vitamins or minerals.
Honey also contains tiny amounts of several compounds thought to function as antioxidants, including chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase, and pinocembrin.
This morning, I'm using Richard's gold in a breakfast crepe. My own honey, Maxi, gave me a crepe pan for Christmas. She was inspired by some delicious crepes that Capn made for us at his Grandmother Mountain home. The pan comes from France and has a little wooden paddle. The paddle's main use, according to the Capn, is "to keep people back while the crepes are being cooked."
Maxi went out and bought blackberries, raspberries and whipped cream. All we have to do now is add honey. Voila! Heaven on earth.