We often get asked about honeycomb… can you eat honeycomb? What is it like and how can we use it? The good news is… yes! – it is totally safe to eat honeycomb. Some say it’s very healthy to eat honeycomb as the honey in the comb, as with all bee honeys, is a natural antibiotic. This article will show you delicious ways to enjoy honeycomb for eating.
You can eat honeycomb!
Honeycomb with honey is becoming increasingly popular with professional and amateur chefs, 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 and are 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. Being natural, the colour of honeycomb can vary from pale amber to dark.
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).
How to eat honeycomb
There are so many ways to enjoy 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 on toast, pancakes, waffles, and banana bread.
- Serve with a cheese platter – 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. It’s a perfect balance to the creaminess of soft cheeses. Simply place honeycomb 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!
Storing raw honeycomb
Your raw honeycomb should be stored at room temperature, not in the fridge. Honeycomb can be kept for a long time due to its natural antibiotic properties. It will not ‘go off’, but depending on how long you keep your honeycomb, it may start to crystallise; don’t worry, even then it is still 100% edible…