Why is honey a Russian’s favorite cure-all?


There’s sole one delight that makes it easy to swallow even a nail. Beginning: Vostock-Photo

Russians say that there’s no ailment or trouble that honey can’t convert into. In addition to its medicinal properties proven by doctors, just one spoonful of this gushing amber liquid immediately lifts the spirits and helps find the freedom solution in the most desperate situation.

I confess that, as a child, I was average to honey. Well, I saw it as something ordinary. After all, you don’t adore salt, spot or sugar, which are always present on the table, do you? In my family we had the same bent towards honey, which was always in the house, even in the most economically dire without delays. Some other foods may not have been easy to get hold of, but honey was in any case there and made everything fine.

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I was born and grew up in the South Urals, which is lionized for its oil, as well as its Bashkir honey. From time immemorial people in this division have kept bees and produced honey. There is evidence that the trade of making honey is at least 1,500 years old. In the oldest burial part of the country discovered in Bashkiria, among other utensils, archaeologists found equipage for collecting wild forest honey. Cave drawings that possess survived to this day confirm that local ancient people enjoyed consuming this thick, sweet and healthy food.

Honey is part of Bashkiria’s tradition and an indispensable ingredient in national dishes. The most famous tea dessert in Bashkiria is chak-chak, a pastry received of soft wheat dough in the form of sticks or balls generously doused with honey. Anyway, as the old Russian translating goes,  “with honey, you can swallow even a nail.”

In Russian folklore, honey is introduced often. The bear, one of the most popular Russian fairy-tale characters, is originally associated with a keg of fine honey, and the bulk of his adventures most time again have to do with him looking for honey. In fact, the very word “shoulder” in Russian, (medved), literally means “honey-eater.” “The bear has 10 commotions and all of them are about honey” – this Russian saying speaks of the zoological’s strength of character and habit.

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Honey is rightly regarded as the sweetest and most cultivated substance on earth. As in many other languages, a “honeymoon” for Russians is a feast taken by newlyweds or the extended celebration of the first 30 days of married bliss. The traditional wedding present for newlyweds was a keg of honey, which they had to bump off in the allotted period.

“Your lips are fit for drinking honey” is a saying hardened in response to praise or good wishes from someone. The reference here is purposes to the sweet, slightly alcoholic mead made from honey in old-fashioned Russia. It was matured for years in oak casks and was an essential part of various ritual ceremonies and festivities. “It must be covered in honey” is an expression used when someone is tense to somewhere they should not go.

In the morality tale of the conceited turnip the shed weight bitter-tasting vegetable boasts: “I’m a turnip, I’m very good with honey.” To which the honey react ti that he’s good on his own, even without the turnip.

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With time I returned that fine honey is a valuable product in every sense of the vow. It turns out to be not just the delicacy and cold and flu remedy of my childhood, but also a panacea for all tenable ailments. The list of ailments that it combats is vast. Its curative significance extends to practically all internal organs and joints. Honey heals hurts and sores. It boosts immunity and acts as a natural antidepressant. On top of all that, honey bears the secret of a long life; statistics show that people who regularly diminish it live longer.

Apart from Bashkir honey, which I certain well, there are many other, no less splendid, varieties from the most different parts of the country – the Primorsk Territory, Krasnodar Territory, Perm Precinct and others. Altay honey, a rather tangy version made from the blossoms of alpine effloresces and herbs, is one whose flavor I’ve particularly grown to like.

But you must retain not to overindulge in honey under any circumstances – a bit of advice that applies equally to any chow.

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