Every reference on Sugarbush Protea will mention that once a syrup was made from the nectar of the flower. During the early years of the Cape Colony when sugar was very expensive and provisions were in short supply the Khoi-Khoi introduced them to the “honey” of the sugarbush. The use of bossiestroop reached its height during the 1800’s., however, by 1900 the art of making bossiesstroop was virtually lost. How was it actually made?
I grew up in the heart of the fynbos area and was lucky as child to be able to spend a lot of time exploring the mountains of Paarl. I must admit though, having grown up with the fynbos, I took their beauty for granted. What’s more in those days, Protea was considered to be a kitsch flower – only for tourists. I never even thought of smelling them, since there were just so many other obviously fragrant flowers and plants to explore. [Read more…]