In the House in the Woods we love homemade bread. I bake all the bread we eat, inspired by my late father in law who proudly said, aged 90? "I have made absolutely all the bread we have eaten in my house for the past 50 years. At least!" These days the bread is extra rich and juicy, as it is flavoured with Palm Honey from La Gomera.
Hi, palm honey? What is that? Honey is gathered by bees, it does not come from palms, kind of like maple syrup! I can hear you saying that. And you are right of course, at least to some extent.
I had not heard of palm honey either, not until we started to travel to Tenerife, and then to La Gomera.
La Gomera is, among a lot of other things, an island perfect for hiking. We have very slowly started to explore a few of the hiking routes, and our very first hike took us to The Valley of the 1001 Palms.
Following an old Thomas Cook book which I have, we drove to the village Vallehermoso, tempted by the descriopion of the walk:
This walk is about 3,5kms (2 1/4 miles) combines Gomeran landscapes of lush valleys in deep ravines, overlooked by volcanic rocks, with a charming reservoire. It is suitable for any age and fitness level, although the hill is reasonable steep......
It was steep, believe me, it was. Up and down, then up again and down again. But the lovely landscape made me forget that my knees do not like to much steep downhill.
From Thomas Cook again:
It is doubtful whether anyone has really counted the trees here, but as many are on tap for La Gomera´s famous palmhoney, it is possible (that there are a 1001). Whatever the number of trees, this valley is a splendid sight, particularly in the late afternoon, as the sun shines directly down on it.
I am longing back to La Gomera.
By the way;
palm honey is the sap from the palm tree :-)