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  1. #1
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    Apr 2004
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    North Salem, NY
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    I have an idea for feeding my bees during a time of nectar dearth. Near us, there is a small garden and produce store where i sell my honey. The owner of the store decided that he would dest how far my bees would actually fly. Now, there happened to be a nectar dearth at this time. He cut open an old watermelon and laid the two halves outside behind his store. By the end of the day, all that was left was the rinds. my bees had completely emptied the watermelon. My question to you is this: Would it be ethical to feed the bees old sugary fruit during a time of nectar dearth and call the resulting product "watermelon honey" or "honeydew melon honey" or "strawberry honey?" I would use old produce from the supermarket, especially high-sugar fruits such as strawberries, melons, and the like. This wouldn't be like selling sugar syrup as honey, but could i really call this honey or not? Thanks,

    justgojumpit

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    Round Top, New York - Northern Catskill Mtns.
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    No, you can't call it honey. Honey must be from plant nectar.

    I don't think that you could provide enough fruit to make a significant difference at any given time.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    My bees clean up all the fallen pears that break open too, but it's not good winter feed. There are too many solids and they are more likely to get dysentery.

    And, as already mentioned, honey, by definition, is from nectar not from juice.

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