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« on: June 08, 2009, 02:26:45 AM »

My bees built some more crazy comb. There was some immature honey in it; it wasn't capped but very very thick nectar and I couldn't put it back in this time. My question is, does anyone know what kind of blossom would give a very very buttery flavor to the honey?
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 09:32:57 AM »

Mmmmm.. Sounds wonderful! I hope my gals find whatever you had blooming Smiley I don't know how long you need to go back to find out where your honey came from. How long from bloom to honey? Maybe that could help you narrow it down, thinking about what was blooming like crazy during that timeframe...
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 10:04:59 AM »

Are you in Tupelo territory ? 
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2009, 12:30:38 PM »

My summer honey is I think mostly sweet white clover and star thistle (knapweed) and has a warm summery taste that I consider almost buttery.  Not very very, though.

Unless you have a dairy nearby.  The honey isn't opaque, white and creaming looking is it? grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2009, 12:37:03 PM »

Are you in Tupelo territory ? 
they might be able to reach a couple tupelos from here but that bloom was over around end of april.
I wonder if blackberry does that.
My summer honey is I think mostly sweet white clover and star thistle (knapweed) and has a warm summery taste that I consider almost buttery.  Not very very, though.

Unless you have a dairy nearby.  The honey isn't opaque, white and creaming looking is it? grin
lol nope. we have a few thistle of some kind and maybe a few clovers. -a big part of their forage is fenced in (700 some odd acres across the road from me) and all I see at the fence is forest.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2009, 12:41:58 PM »

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I wonder if blackberry does that

I dunno but the blackberry I have tasted was more like black licorice.  Not overpowering though.
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2009, 02:52:14 PM »

I have no idea what my girls are foraging, but my honey last year and this year both taste very buttery.  When I mention it to others that taste it, they don't get the same impression.  I do enjoy it though.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2009, 03:00:44 PM »

Any privet hedge blooming?
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2009, 04:14:43 PM »

Any privet hedge blooming?
there may be some. I have seen them really giving my garden a workout (but it doesn't seem like enough to produce what they have)
My wife knows what privet hedge is and she hasn't noticed a lot of it.
be aware that before I kept bees any conversation I was involved in about flowering things involved the question "can you eat it?" My mistake I should have collected the knowledge for times like  - I dunno - now.

to answer an earlier post about the time period - they've built the comb it was stored in in the last week.
I also understand (if I have that info right) that they will move honey around too. - like to make more space in the brood nest.

I have no idea what my girls are foraging, but my honey last year and this year both taste very buttery.  When I mention it to others that taste it, they don't get the same impression.  I do enjoy it though.
I really liked it - it tastes a lot like that fiddle faddle or the other buttery carameled popcorn. (hope I get a lot of it.)
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2009, 09:46:56 AM »

sounds like some good honey with biscuits  Cindi, there is know telling what it could be from but blackberries and privet I sure they are not it, got loads of both and never had butter tasting honey here.
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2009, 12:18:53 PM »

Privet hedges are popular around cemetaries, some parks and formal gardens.
If you live near any of those they could be getting their nectar source from privet hedges there.
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