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Offline mastro

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Fireweed honey?
« on: April 22, 2010, 10:43:13 AM »
Where do you get this stuff, I've had many people tell me it is the best honey they have ever had.

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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 10:52:17 AM »
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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 01:33:40 PM »
   Fireweed is my favorite honey !  We have it here in northern British Columbia .  It is perfectly clear and very slow to crystalize .  It has a flavor all its own , like maybe a little taste of heaven here on earth .   
  It's interesting how the plant gets its name .  When the seedling first emerges in the spring it is a bright red .  It produces a very showy purple flower stalk in the late summer.  And in the fall the fall the plant turns shades of yellow and red ( fire colors ) and the seed plumes release with a white silk-like stuff , looking like puffs of smoke .        ---Burl---
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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 01:55:02 PM »
I wonder if it will grow down here in Catalina, Arizona? I would love to try it out.
any way of getting me some seeds from any of ya?
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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 02:56:07 PM »
Whats a good price/lb for the stuff.  I cant seem to find any in bulk. Best price I saw for 1 lb was 7 dollars or so but it did not claim it was raw.

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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010, 03:07:24 PM »
it grows best from root.  do a search.  cindi and i have had fireweed adventures.

i don't know if it will grow in AZ.  it grows best here in burns.  i have patches of it and it seems to have taken over old burn pile areas on my property.
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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010, 04:04:54 PM »
well I have a few burned area's here but I would be willing to give it a try.
if it thrives is burned area's that tells me it likes a lot of sulfur.

Thanks for the info Kathey
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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2010, 08:07:07 PM »
Whats a good price/lb for the stuff.  I cant seem to find any in bulk. Best price I saw for 1 lb was 7 dollars or so but it did not claim it was raw.

There is a local place right now that has the nap-fire stuff (nap weed and fire weed) for 3-4$/lb bulk. (your own container)  The nap fire is AWESOME honey.
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Re: Fireweed honey?
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2010, 08:55:47 PM »
Fireweed is just that....a "weed."  It seeds out & also grows through runners.  I have it in my raspberries & am always pulling it out!

It grows all over Alaska & if you google "Alaska Fireweed Honey" you'll get lots of sources.  It runs about $10 a lb.  Steve Victors is a Palmer beekeeper who owns a business called "Alaska Wildflower Honey."  I believe you can order through him, too.

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