honey subject

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well,,I checked mynhives yesterday,, one was queenless,, but I kinda expected that,, but they were gathering so well,, even in this drought we have had. I puilled 2 frames of honey from that hive,, and switched a queen from another into there,, but this honey is so light and sweet,, I havnt tasted anything like this,, the only thing I see blooming, is my buckwheat patch, and queen annes lace, (wild carrot),, does Q/A/L make a good honey,,or is this from my buckwheat?

-- stan (sopal@net-port.com), August 11, 2001


Stan, its my understanding that buckwheat honey is a dark, strong tasting honey. Not bad, you understand, but definitely flavored.

My money is on the queen anne's lace.

-- Sojourner (notime4@summer.spam), August 11, 2001.

Sojourner's right. Buckwheat honey runs a close second to road tar. I love it. :) Not to everyone's taste, though. "Light and sweet" is sure not buckwheat.

-- Jennifer L. (Northern NYS) (jlance@nospammail.com), August 11, 2001.

well,, it must not be buckwheat,, Ive never had it before,,so not sure, I also didnt think Q A L made a good honey,, Ive checked my books,, and there isnt much else in bllom,, and with the drought we have,,, I dont see anything BUT Q AL

-- stan (sopal@net-port.com), August 11, 2001.

Stan- I have never seen honey made from QAL, but Pellett's "American Honey Plants" says that it is "very dark in color with a strong flavor".

-- Elizabeth (ekfla@aol.com), August 11, 2001.

whats,PELLETS , honey book ??

-- stan (sopal@net-port.com), August 13, 2001.

Frank Pellett "American Honey Plants". Originally published by Orange Judd, reissued by Dadant, though I have not seen it in their catalog lately so I'm not sure if it is still available. Shows up on ebay occasionally. Considered to be one of the classic references for beekeeping botany.

-- Elizabeth (ekfla@aol.com), August 13, 2001.

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