These pictures of honeysuckle vines were taken about two weeks ago down Williams Wharf Road, where I sometimes go to
Honeysuckle has a very sweet scent and, of course, a very sweet taste, particularly the yellow blooms.
When we were kids my sisters and I flocked to the honeysuckle vines eager to taste the sugary sweet nectar.
The tradition continues. My son and daughter also
For the uninitiated, the process of extracting the nectar is easy but not exactly obvious if you've never done it.
First, you must select a flower. If I were choosing from the vines above, I'd go straight for the yellow flowers because they're older and sweeter.
Once you've picked the flower from the vine, pinch off the end, put it to your lips, and savor that ever-so-tiny drop of nectar.
In a quick Google search on the topic, I discovered that honeysuckle has many healing properties and contains tannins that are being studied as a possible treatment for HIV. Also, certain species produce toxic berries, while others have poisonous leaves. However, some people boil the leaves for medicinal purposes.
So, to be clear on CBW's official stance on honeysuckle leaves? They either kill you or heal you, there appears to be no middle ground on the issue. Be sure your health insurance cards are handy and consult your doctor before you
On this particular website, I read the following with a great deal of interest:
"Honeysuckle is also known as woodbine. It twists and coils as the ivy does. Beautiful yellow flowers entwine with the leaves. Its scent is very cloying and sweet. The honeysuckle shows the way in which to achieve the search for the self. Honeysuckle indicates hidden desires, secrets and the path to the search for the self."
All this from honeysuckle?