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    Does anyone know if bees use asters for pollen or nectar or both? If for honey, how does it taste? I understand it crystalizes quickly. Is that true?
    Thanks!
    Barbeeq

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    Does anyone know if bees use asters for pollen or nectar or both? If for honey, how does it taste? I understand it crystalizes quickly. Is that true?
    Thanks!
    Bees love aster nector and pollon. They will usually mix it with goldenrod. The honey will crystalize quickly from 2 weeks to 2 months. It has a strong taste but I have many customers that prefer it above all other honeys.

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    Clinton Bemrose
    just South of Lansing Michigan

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    Thanks Clinton,

    I'm a novice beekeeper that has been keeping bees, learning less for about 30 years! We have aster and my husband likes to mow in the fall. I always want him to wait and leave the aster for the bees. Now, he won't mind waiting.

    Barb

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