The Madness Behind Mad Honey
Mad Honey is made from nectar that contains pollen from plants that contain grayanotoxin. Certain Rhododendron species produce this chemical, which is used in some parts of the world as a traditional medicine. While the name insinuates that this kind of honey can drive someone mad, it might also have some surprising health benefits for those who are willing to give it a try.
Turkish herbalists have suggested using it for a variety of conditions for years. The substance has been known since antiquity, though most people in the western world and in Oceania are only just now learning about it.
The Gurung people from Nepal have also developed an entire culture around it. They’re so mad for this type of honey that they’ve actually developed special techniques designed to capture and harvest the bees who make it so they’ll always have plenty on hand.