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« on: July 01, 2008 06:21:39 PM »

My husband has been a beekeeper for over thirty five years.  He recently added two new hives to our group.  I thought you would enjoy seeing how one hive can produce a variety of types.  Each jar is a rendered amount from the same hive, but different seasons.  Summer seasons mean loads of clover for the bees.  That is the honey that is sweetest, and very light.  Fall weather and spring has such heavy nectar choices for the bees that they end up with dark and rich tasting honey.  Each has a flavor unique from the other, and remember they are from the same bee hive--just different times of year!  The wax is wonderful.  There is no scent in the world more heavenly than freshly harvested combs of bee hives.  Well, maybe the scent of our grandchildren while they sleep in our arms tops it, but the honey is heavenly!
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008 06:25:31 PM »

I never knew there was different types?  Or colors and tastes!  I learned something new today!  What's the difference in taste with the dark and light...I want some dark!  Where do you find it? Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008 06:33:03 PM »

  There is no scent in the world more heavenly than freshly harvested combs of bee hives.  Well, maybe the scent of our grandchildren while they sleep in our arms tops it, but the honey is heavenly!
Amen to that.  My Grandma used to take me to the beekeepers to get honey when I was a little kid grewing up in rural Montana.  That was many years ago & I still remember that smell....

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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2008 06:59:18 PM »

i love the factoids.
ive always been deathly afraid to go near a hive or bee box.
mmmm honey.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2008 09:15:21 PM »

The light honey - well our light honey - has a very light taste, very sweet.  It is not unusual to find one of the grandchildren poking their little fingers in the little pyrex bowls we keep sitting under the little setup we use to drain the last bits of honey from the wax before we begin melting it to put into little wax cakes for storage.  (how's that for a run-on sentence)  The dark honey has a flowery and heavy flavor.  The light colored honey is thinner in consistency in my opinion.  When there are fewer flowering plants the bees produce less honey.  Right now in our area the flowers are in a transistion from one type to another flower, so the bees aren't producing as much honey.  Instead they are working on building the comb.  Bees in the USA now are all non-native species, imported over the many decades and integrated into our world.  I recall that when I lived in Italy the bees seemed aggressive, however I may have just had a bad experience or two.  The bees we have are pretty docile.  They don't want to sting because they die when that happens.  They don't sting unless they are frightened, surprised, or threatened in some way.  The best time to approach a hive is around the brightest part of the day, certainly not on a cold or rainy day. They are out of the hive gathering pollen and nectar.  It's neat to find the little pollen packs they store in some of the little comb spots.  I don't know a lot about this, except through absorbing what my hubby shares.  I know that when he brings in the honey he wants to carve out any of the uncapped sections, he calls that "green honey".  It isn't green in color, but apparently if the bee doesn't cap the honey, it can get a bitter flavor.  So if he finds several cells open or uncapped and partially filled, he cuts them out before rendering the rest of the comb.  The "green" or uncapped honey is what he sets into a little glass bowl for our instant enjoyment.  It tastes the same, but again, he says it for some reason causes a bitter flavor to set in.  Did you know that honey has a certain antiseptic quality to it?  I hope to post another photo or two.  Thanks for sharing with me.  Saving the bees is important to our world.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2008 09:18:59 PM »

I have a fuzzy photo of the comb but you can see in the foreground the uncapped cells that I was referring to.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2008 09:26:51 PM »

Now that's cool!!  man....I learned more stuff!!  thank you!  Honey is super good for a lot of things from what I hear....
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2008 10:27:48 PM »

I'd love to see pictures of the hives...There's a house in our neighborhood that has a 'beware of bees' sign on their fence. I always think "I should make friends with those people" But I'm too chicken. I hope they will sell their honey later in the year!

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2008 09:52:35 AM »

Very cool! I always love the part of the country fair that has all of the homemade honey and beekeepers demonstrations.
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2008 09:11:18 PM »

That looks amazing! Beekeeping has always interested me. Not as a profession for me (I am very allergic to bees and afraid of them!) but the whole process is interesting. Are your husband's bees having trouble pollinating or making honey lately since supposedly many bees have stopped (and we don't know why, cell phones)? I hope they are doing just fine. Smiley The honey looks really good, at any rate!
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