Tuesday, March 1, 2011

When the bees come, we use DDT...how do you like your sample?

With great thanks to my friend, guide and interpreter, Jackson (on right in photo), here is a trip to a palm wine distillery up in the hills behind Cape Three Points, by the numbers. Two: workers present. Two hundred: palm trees to cut down. Roughly three: months for the entire operation before everything is loaded up and moved to a new location. Four: how many days the sap ferments in large blue barrels before being distilled. Twice: distilled, like whiskey. Fifty: the gallons in each unit of sale. Ten: roughly the number of gallons distilled per day? Eight: the number of ounces it seemed like I was given to taste of the raw sap. Zero: the number of bees in that sample…

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