[Sca-cooks] weird question - honey fast???

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Fri Aug 8 19:06:00 PDT 2008

> Whoever - Terry Decker - wrote way back in July - but between illnesses
> and whatever I have not had a chance to air the question.
>> Brears mentions a recipe snip which can be prepared in different versions 
>> for flesh, fish,
>> and lent days. The meat day version includes a small amount of honey snip
>> My question is, apart from the obvious reality of where honey comes
>> from, has anyone run across any specific reference to honey being a
>> flesh-day, animal-type product to be avoided on other days? Again,
>> obviously that's just what it is, but every so often the logic doesn't
>> quite make sense to us, and we can't just assume that it would be
>> regarded as forbidden on fish days.
>> Adamantius
>> This is a really interesting question.
>> The Orthodox Church considers honey to be a product of animals and 
>> prohibits it during Lent.  Whether this is true of the Roman Catholic 
>> Church, I have no idea.
>> IIRC, the Roman Catholic dietary rules are derived from the Benedictine 
>> Rule, but I haven't found any reference as to how honey is viewed other 
>> than it was used as a common food stuff.  Woolgar may have something on 
>> it, but I haven't located much on the meat-fish-Lent issue.
>> Bear
> Please enlighten me I cannot not figure how anyone one can fathom honey as 
> a meat product.
> Suey
> P.S.
> The Archpriest of Hita was not Orthodox!

Bees are classed as animals because they are generated from the decaying 
carcasses of oxen.  This belief appears to be of Ancient Greek origin and 
presisted in Medieval thought.  Thus honey, like butter and lard, is a 
product of animals.  Ovid and Vergil both tell the tale of Aristaeus and the 

What, pray tell, does Jaun Ruiz have to do with this?


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