Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
April 23, 2014, 04:42:35 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: ATTENTION ALL NEW MEMBERS
PLEASE READ THIS OR YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE DELETED - CLICK HERE
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  
Poll
Question: Do you like Goldenrod honey?  (Voting closed: October 04, 2007, 03:20:57 PM)
Yes - 16 (61.5%)
No - 2 (7.7%)
Leave it for the bees - 8 (30.8%)
Total Voters: 21


Pages: [1] 2  All   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Question on Goldenrod Honey  (Read 7013 times)
bassman1977
"King Bee"
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1787

Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania


« on: September 27, 2007, 03:20:57 PM »

In my area, we have an abundance of goldenrod in the fall.  My established hives can easily yield an average  of 500 or more pounds of SURPLUS honey.  Personally, I can't stand the stuff.  It stinks and has too overpowering of a taste for my liking.  My wife's grandfather however LOVES IT! 

From what I have noticed the more I ask people about it, it seems to be you either love it or hate it.  I am curious as to what everyone here thinks. 

I allowed multiple votes per user in case anyone wants to ask someone else who has tried goldenrod honey, their opinion.

Thanks.
Logged

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(''')_(''')
Scadsobees
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3198


Location: Jenison, MI

Best use of smileys in a post award.


« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007, 04:07:00 PM »

I read somewhere that it is the best honey for mead. grin...(don't ask me where, I don't rememeber)

I like the difference, my wife hates the smell.  But I don't get enough so the bees keep it.  In small amounts it gives a buttery/butterscotch smell to the rest of the honey.

Rick
Logged

Rick
bassman1977
"King Bee"
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1787

Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania


« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 04:12:44 PM »

Quote
In small amounts it gives a buttery/butterscotch smell to the rest of the honey.

I totally agree.  In large amounts it makes a vomit smell.  MMMMMMM
Logged

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(''')_(''')
BeeHopper
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1122

Location: Hopelessly Lost


« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007, 04:16:55 PM »

I have never tried it, ( I would like to  grin) so I cannot comment. However, I can say that along the PA Turnpike from Philly to Pittsburgh, there are seas of Goldenrod, the bees in PA are lucky  grin
Logged
fcderosa
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 132


Location: Elizabethtown, Kentucky


« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007, 08:09:07 PM »

I read somewhere that it is the best honey for mead. grin...(don't ask me where, I don't rememeber)

I like the difference, my wife hates the smell.  But I don't get enough so the bees keep it.  In small amounts it gives a buttery/butterscotch smell to the rest of the honey.

Rick

ACTUALLY THE BEST FOR MEAD IS THISTLE HONEY. grin
Logged

The good life is honey on a Ritz.
Potlicker1
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 92


Location: Sobieski,Wisconsin


« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007, 09:26:50 PM »

Fourtunatly for me by the time the goldenrod blooms, Iv'e taken my honey and leave the goldenrod for them. There,s a boat-load of it around here too. Never had to harvest it.
Logged
Scadsobees
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3198


Location: Jenison, MI

Best use of smileys in a post award.


« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2007, 08:21:16 AM »

Quote
I have never tried it, ( I would like to  grin) so I cannot comment.

Beehopper...if you have teenage boys, dig into a pile of their socks that have been there for at least 5 days.  Sniff deeply, this is the aroma of goldenrod honey.  I'd suggest licking the sock to get the flavor but I won't because it is making me gaggy Lips Sealed.  Just soak the sock in a jar of perfectly good honey and that is basically the same thing.  rolleyes

Rick grin

Logged

Rick
BeeHopper
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1122

Location: Hopelessly Lost


« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2007, 09:54:01 AM »

Quote
I have never tried it, ( I would like to  grin) so I cannot comment.

Beehopper...if you have teenage boys, dig into a pile of their socks that have been there for at least 5 days.  Sniff deeply, this is the aroma of goldenrod honey.  I'd suggest licking the sock to get the flavor but I won't because it is making me gaggy Lips Sealed.  Just soak the sock in a jar of perfectly good honey and that is basically the same thing.  rolleyes

Rick grin



Wow, that bad, huh  shocked
Logged
reinbeau
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 2502


Location: Hanson, MA and Lebanon, ME


« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2007, 12:44:54 PM »

Absolutely not, goldenrod honey doesn't taste like it smells while they're making it.  It's fine!  As a matter of fact we're eating the goldenrod honey that was made late last year right now - I can't believe anyone thinks it tastes like it smells while they're fanning the nectar.... huh
Logged


- Ann, A Gardening Beek -  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Click for Hanson, Massachusetts Forecast" border="0" height="150" width="256
Scadsobees
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3198


Location: Jenison, MI

Best use of smileys in a post award.


« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2007, 01:23:42 PM »

Ok, so maybe I'm exaggerating a bit.... tongue
Mine smelled like it did while they were fanning, a sour smell that wasn't exactly honey-like.  It did retain some of the sock odor.  I felt obligated to explain why it smelled that way when I gave it away. YMMV, I think there is a whole range of flavors that can occur.

It was my first harvest, so made a big impression.  I'd probably enjoy it more now, but it still wasn't near so good as my spring or summer honey.  I would like to try a batch of mead on it, though.

I don't get much anymore, and leave it for them.

Rick
Logged

Rick
BMAC
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 613

Location: Upstate NY Schoharie county


WWW
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2007, 03:25:03 PM »

Many of the folks I sell to like Goldenrod honey.  I have made several batches of Mead from it too.  I dont know if it is the best but the yeast rock out in it and it ferments to 1.000 or less in just a matter of a few days......  Unlike Clover honey I use.  Clover needs to be poked and prodded to attenuate down......
Logged

God Bless all the troops
Semper Fi Marines!
Shawn
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1214

Location: Lamar Colorado


« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2007, 06:58:51 PM »

Great thread. I was thinking about planting the golden rod next year but you guys have changed my mine. Thanks for the warning.
Logged
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13475


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2007, 07:21:04 PM »

I love the taste, but the bees usually need it...
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
TwT
Senior Forum
Global Moderator
Galactic Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 3384


Location: Walker, La.

Ted


« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2007, 07:22:36 PM »

I have tried it and it wasn't to bad, but mostly I leave for the bee's winter stores.
Logged

THAT's ME TO THE LEFT JUST 5 YEARS FROM NOW!!!!!!!!

Never be afraid to try something new.
Amateurs built the ark,
Professionals built the Titanic
Scadsobees
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3198


Location: Jenison, MI

Best use of smileys in a post award.


« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2007, 10:06:05 PM »

Quote
Great thread. I was thinking about planting the golden rod next year but you guys have changed my mine. Thanks for the warning.

Always good to have goldenrod around for fall stores.  Unless you have miles of goldenrod and good rains you won't get any surplus. 
Logged

Rick
reinbeau
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 2502


Location: Hanson, MA and Lebanon, ME


« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2007, 08:58:43 AM »

Quote
Great thread. I was thinking about planting the golden rod next year but you guys have changed my mine. Thanks for the warning.

Always good to have goldenrod around for fall stores.  Unless you have miles of goldenrod and good rains you won't get any surplus. 
Nevermind any surplus, you may not have enough honey for the bees over the winter.  Around here, with the drought we've had, the goldenrod and asters are probably the only honey they're going to make. 
Logged


- Ann, A Gardening Beek -  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Click for Hanson, Massachusetts Forecast" border="0" height="150" width="256
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13475


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2007, 01:24:28 PM »

>Thanks for the warning.

What warning?  Goldenrod, no matter what you think of the taste, is great bee food.  I happen to think it's great people food as well...
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
Shawn
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1214

Location: Lamar Colorado


« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2007, 06:11:43 PM »

Here is SE Colorado there is a surplus of sunflowers that will be blooming from about mid july until the first freeze. Its Sept 29 and there are still hundreds of thousnads of sunflowers a couple blocks away. Granted we are not in a drought, jut came out of one, but there are so many hay fields around not to mention the melon fields if I need to move the hives. I am setting up the yard with respberrry plants, peech, apple, and cheery trees, and lots of different flowers I found at this site, http://www.dianeseeds.com/flowers/beneficial-insects.html. I found other sites that describe good lants. I also will be planting white dutch clover, sweet yellow clover and the red crimson clover. I did see the golden rod is a well liked plant for the bees and maybe some day Ill change my mine if I get to try some of the honey it makes
Logged
bassman1977
"King Bee"
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1787

Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania


« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2007, 12:10:16 PM »

Lots of interesting comments and so far, I am surprised at the results of the poll.  I polled a lot of others in my family yesterday and they all like it too.  Considering the more established hives always have enough of it for winter, then I will just continue harvesting it.  What can it hurt if people are going to use it.
Logged

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(''')_(''')
Old Timer
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 142


Location: Lewisburg, West Virginia


« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2007, 05:40:32 PM »

>Thanks for the warning.

What warning?  Goldenrod, no matter what you think of the taste, is great bee food.  I happen to think it's great people food as well...

i like it just as well as any other honey, and i think it's the prettiest color too, i love that golden color it has.
Logged
Pages: [1] 2  All   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 1.55 seconds with 24 queries.

Google visited last this page April 19, 2014, 04:02:04 AM
anything