bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Moscow's honey lovers should be taken to the fair

Speaking to the Moscow Times at the All-Russian Honey Fair, the president of the Russian Beekeepers' Union Arnold Butov claimed:
“Much of the honey available in Moscow stores has been artificially sweetened, diluted or in some way tampered with. It's gotten to the point where many people, especially those who have tasted the real thing, are afraid to buy honey.” In contrast honey at the Fair “is guaranteed to be pure, fresh and good for consumption and medicinal purposes”.
Russia certainly has a love affair with honey and can claim some illustrious beekeepers: Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov.


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