Air­port bees cre­at­ing a tasty buzz for pas­sen­gers

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Emer Scully

STUCK for that last-minute gift as you rush through Dublin Air­port on your way to see your rel­a­tives on the other side of the world?

The why not buy some lo­cal honey that has been made by bees that live on air­port-owned land?

Jars of the golden treat – aptly named Nect-Air – are now on sale at the Mar­qette restau­rant in Ter­mi­nal One in 340g jars for €9.95.

The four bee hives on air­port land are sur­rounded by clover, black­berry, bram­ble and hawthorn to give the bees plenty of nec­tar with which to make honey.

Bee­keeper Colm Fog­a­rty said: ‘The blend of flora gives Nect-Air its pleas­antly mild, gen­tly sweet flavour, along with its rich tex­ture, warm­ing am­ber hue, del­i­cate aroma and slightly nutty un­der­tone.’

The honey has al­ready been used by the air­port in the menus of the ex­ec­u­tive lounges.

The air­port’s colony of bees can cover an area of up to 12 square kilo­me­tres, which cov­ers the rich, fer­tile land of north Co. Dublin.

Dublin Air­port man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Vin­cent Har­ri­son said: ‘We are thrilled to work with Mar­qette to make our honey more widely avail­able so that pas­sen­gers have the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase Nect-Air.

‘We are very proud of this top-qual­ity honey as it was pro­duced on our own land and is tes­ta­ment to the fact that the air qual­ity and sur­round­ing veg­e­ta­tion at Dublin Air­port is ex­cel­lent for the bees to thrive.’

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