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  1. #1
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    has anyone tasted sumac honey?

  2. #2
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    Mosquero, NM
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    Oh, yes. Squawbush Sumac (Rhus trilobata) is one of the major spring nectr plants here. I get small amounts from a few strong hives (maybe 4-8 gallons). I sell it as Spring Wildflower because the Feather Indigobush (Dalea formosa) blooms at the same time and the two varietals are both present in the honey. It's light-colored but with good viscosity.

    Now I'm hearing some of the old-timer beekeepers here in the Southwest talk about using sumac leaves and berries in the smoker.

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    Here in souther california we have a sumac bush that produces an amber honey in summertime , June July. Does well in hot weather. I will be producing some , it will be available late summer. Send e-mail to LSPender@quixnet.net if you would like some.
    Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA

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