Have noticed a few people selling this moss-covered grainy amber substance on the streets lately. I walked over and asked the vendor what it was.
"Honey, wild honey" she said, pointing out the crystallized body of a bee. Her accent was really strong (Tibetan?) but I made out that it was wild honey from one of the surrounding mountains.
Since our local honey has been in the food safety news lately, and because I was curious and the stuff was cheap (ten yuan per pound), I bought a chunk.
The vendor said to mix it in water or into baijiu, which I never touch, so I am trying to figure out how to use it....maybe adapt a shortbread recipe?