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Honey Bees in the Garden:  Honey -- How Sweet It Is and Isn't

By Mindy03
May 14, 2011

When people think of honey they think of sweetness. Some plants produce honey that isn't sweet at all. In fact, it can taste pretty bitter. Come and learn a little bit about honey.

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kevin51
May 16, 2011 2:11 AM CST
Great article and links, Margaret. I like honey very much but it's something I don't often think of getting in the store.
Last week we were in a small North Mississippi town at a general store and they had some honeys. They had the clover, tupelo gum, possumhaw and sour wood (Oxydendrum) ones.
I chose the sour wood and it's wonderful. Not too sweet, not too bitter/sour. Now that I've told a couple people about it, they are wanting me to send them a bottle each which I'll do next month.
This was packaged by Weber Honey in Savannah, TN and now I'm tempted to get the clover and tupelo gum ones.
Again, thanks for such a good and informational article. Hurray!
Lee

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Mindy03
May 16, 2011 4:32 AM CST
You are welcome. I would like to try some of those other honeys myself but it's all wildflower honey around here.
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kevin51
May 16, 2011 5:37 AM CST
Well, to me the wildflower honey sounds even better. Lee

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Mindy03
May 16, 2011 8:53 AM CST
It's definitely unique that's for sure. Changes in taste from month to month. I find it interesting that it starts out mild and light in color here then goes to stronger and darker and back to mild and light in the autumn. The taste is different in spring and autumn because different plants are blooming.
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LindaTX8
May 16, 2011 10:31 PM CST
Just bought some more honey today. I have to wait until I can get to the health food grocery store in the city to get the local raw honey. I noticed they even have bottled 1-gallon size, but I just filled a 2-pound bottle from the bulk dispenser. That's enough for me.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Mindy03
May 17, 2011 6:31 AM CST
Honey jars come in all sizes. We are in a rural area where most people's grandparents and parents had honey bees. They expect to see honey in canning jars either pints or quarts and some of it must have the comb in it. I've had someone tell me their dad used to buy it at a flea market and give them the comb for candy.

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