Honey: Food-Based Learning
Depending on the climate and local flora, the terroir of honey changes based on which flowers in a region the honeybees have pollinated. Honey produced in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts could have a slightly different taste than the honey produced in the Pioneer Valley. It’s fascinating how the flavor profile of the honey changes based on environmental differences; it truly reflects a sense of place, topography, and geography.
A delicious project your family can try at home is to purchase a few bottles of different types of honey from a local hobby apiarist, farmers’ market, or food co-op for your very own taste test! Using descriptive language to identify the flavor tones and undertones can integrate language arts into this activity while keeping participants in the present moment through mindful eating.