How to Celebrate National Honey Week on Tenerife

Mon, October 19th, 2015 - By Jack Montgomery

Eagle-eyed readers might point out the 25 to 31 October is National Honey week in Britain and not  Tenerife, so it’s not relevant to celebrate it on the island.

That’s true, but honey is quite a big thing on Tenerife so why not celebrate the food of the gods here?

Honey on cereal

Pop into any of the island’s big supermarkets and the chances are the jars of honey you see on the shelves come from mainland Spain or even China rather than Tenerife. It annoys us that supermarkets don’t stock local stuff which is usually far better quality than the imported products.

There’s a decent sized honey making industry on Tenerife so there’s no real excuse for supermarkets not stocking the island’s own honey of which there are many varieties, including chestnut, avocado and Tajinaste (the eye-catching tall red spikes which flower in Teide National Park in May/June).

So if you want to guzzle some honey during National Honey Week, where do you find it on Tenerife?

Avocado honey, Tenerife

We once had a jar of honey come to us after we swapped a rogue swarm of bees which had set up home in our garden for honey from a local bee-keeper. But there are far easier ways.

Buying Honey on Tenerife
Lots of places on Tenerife do stock jars of local honey, including the island’s airports. Personally I wouldn’t buy any Canarian products from Tenerife Sur Airport. We pay €6.95 at our local supermarket for one of our favourite local wines, Balcon Canario. In the airport it’s nearly €16. I’m also wary of the big shops that exist to sell to excursionists as prices in those tend to be over inflated.
In Puerto de la Cruz there’s a Canarian shop on Calle Mequinez near the vegetarian restaurant El Maná which sells honey for a few euros a jar. The shop at Casa La Baranda, the Wine Museum in El Sauzal, is also good for local products at reasonable prices. As it’s also the location of Tenerife’s Honey Museum, it’s usually a safe bet for honey. Other than that, look out for shops selling local products in traditional towns. Anywhere selling goods aimed at the local populace rather than visitors is likely to be better value than resort shops.

Queso Asado, Tenerife

Eating Honey in Tenerife Restaurants
In some of the purpose built resorts like Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje, picking up local products at ‘local’ prices isn’t always easy. One way to get a honey fix is to order a dish where honey is one of the key ingredients. Just about every Canario restaurant serves queso asado as a starter. This is griddled goat cheese which is usually drizzled with mojos (Canarian sauces) and honey. Admittedly the honey is often miel de palma (palm honey) which isn’t really honey at all, but it’s a tasty little dish whether it’s Honey Week or not and I won’t tell if you don’t.

Honey Rum from La Palma

Drinking Honey
In the end, many visitors to the island will celebrate National Honey Week during their holiday without even knowing it. Whether it’s Puerto de la Cruz, Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes it’s a common practice to be given a complimentary chupito (shot) after a meal in a traditional restaurant. And that chopito is invariably ron de miel – honey rum.

Posted : Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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