Ar. ra‘l nahl, Eng. honeycomb.
Normally honeycombs are crushed to extract the honey but there are recipes
calling for the honeycombs themselves. Hispano-Arabs used
them to make honey turron. The Anón Al-Andalus has an excellent 13th century recipe for “Honeycombed Pancakes.” Long before that, Perry relates that
in Knights fritters were soaked in
bee’s honey but goes on to relate that honeycombs accompanied prepared dishes
in Tunis. The English made metheglin, a honey wine with honeycombs and spices
or herbs. [Anón. Al-Andalus.
1966:417:229-230; Drummond. 1964:32; ES: Lord. Medieval
Spanish Chef. “colmena.” Mar 5, 13; ES: Renfrow.
Jun 16, 04; Perry. “Thousand.” 2001:496; and Silva.
See blog titled “colmena” published March 5,
2013 for the delicious Hispano-Muslim Honeycombed Pancake recipe.