#DubaiToday’s Suzanne Radford Goes To Ethiopia In Search of Rare White Honey
My mission, and I chose to accept it, was set by the honey man of the UAE Riath Hamid, founder of Balqees honey to find the precious white honey of the Tigray region, in the north of Ethiopia. So with my trusty guide Orit Mohammad of Boon Coffee we flew to Mekelle via Addis Ababa.
Hear the radio feature in search of white honey in full:
And now let´s go visual!
This is where my journey to Ethiopia starts: I arrive at the airport in Addis Ababa.
I continue by car, driving through this beautiful landscape
I arrive at the village of Wukro and meet the family who have the white honey.
Mr Abera introduces me to the lady of the house who leads us into a room in the house.
And here I finally find the rare White Honey!
I find many barrels of it.
We open the lid and there is the raw, white honey still with the wax.
There is a basic filter system that takes out the wax and here is a barrel of ‘liquid gold’.
To bring back to Dubai the pure white honey is measured and weighed and packed up for me to take home.
Now I want to find out where the bee hives are located. Orit and her sister Hanan join me on my journey.
We pass by a church on the way
Here they are
A guard looks after the bee hives to protect them from any harm.
My honey store back home in Dubai.
This is Orit and me with Zerihun Dessalgn, Managing Director of Houmpty PLC: His company supports small farmers and bee keepers in the North of Ethiopia: email@example.com
Below are honey sweets the locals like to eat …
… and traditional honey pastry.
Of course I visit Orit´s family while in Ethiopia, try her lovely coffee and see how the beans are roasted
Watch the film with Orit trying freshly roasted coffee beans:
As we are hungry, Orit prepares a traditional bread…
…. a staple diet called Injera, fermented bread made from Tef, the grain common in Ethiopia.
Here the Injera is served rolled up (top left of the image below).
One of Addis Ababa´s most hip restaurants these days is Antica Restaurant and Bar. It is run by Chef Yohanis Gebreyesus Hailemariam, once a student of famous chef Paul Bocuse and also seen on Ethiopian TV. See Yohanis and me make a fresh teff pasta in a tomatoe, onion and oyster mushroom sauce.
Chef Yohanis is Ethiopia´s star when it comes to taking staple ingredients like teff and creating Mediterranean dishes. Hear chef giving me a cookery lesson:
Above left is a cup of Teff, a pleasingly light, uniquely flavored 100% whole grain flour. Ethiopian households have been using teff flour in their baking for ages.
That was one yummy pasta!
Before I fly back to Dubai, I enjoy a nice fresh cup of Ethiopian coffee in one of the new coffee shops in Addis, the capital:
And finally my mission ends by me presenting the rare White Honey to Riath Hamid, founder of Balqees honey, known to some as the UAE Honey Man. He and Orit joined me on a Thursday Brunch, live in the studio, beginning of February 2016.