Riina Kindlam, Tallinn
And further below is suir, a mass of pollen with added honey, packed into granules by worker bees to feed their young. Humans have also grown to appreciate the naturally fermented protein (valk) and vitamins found in bee pollen, also known as beebread. Suir photo by Riina Kindlam, sõir photo courtesy of Pille Petersoo, nami-nami.ee
Have you considered popping some suir as part of a healthier New Year's regime? Or tried sõir as an appetizer (eel/roog)? They're both made for consumption with great care and love.
If you're not a beekeeper (mesinik), you're most likely not familiar with many apiarian (mesinduse) terms, but it's a fascinating world, that yields products renown for their prophylactic and healing properties. Royal jelly is mesilas/ema/toite/piim ("queen bee feeding milk"), propolis is taru/vaik ("hive resin"), pollen = õie/tolm ("blossom dust") and pollination = tolmeldamine ("dusting", as in stirring it up, not whisking tolm off furniture). The Estonian terms paint quite a clear picture... A human-built hive is a taru or mesi/puu (honey tree!), while the bee's architectural feat within, the honeycomb = kärg. The suir is actually meant as a feast for the growing larvae (vastsed, sing. vastne) inside the comb's brood cells (kärje/kannud).
(Loe edasi Eesti Elu 25. jaanuari paberlehest)
Voulez-vous some SUIR or some SÕIR ce soir?