Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Blue Honey

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, North Carolina
    Posts
    15

    Post Blue Honey

    I am new to beekeeping, and have heard that under certain conditions bees in Eastern North Carolina can produce blue honey. I have asked several experienced beekeepers, and get much different responses from each. Has anyone had experience with blue honey, and more important to me, has anyone been able to reproduce the conditions.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Hays, Kansas, USA
    Posts
    1,080

    Default

    I have not had blue honey experience. However, I've been told that Kudzu, which grows various places throughout the South produces a bluish colored honey. I've had honey from many states, from many floral types but no blue stuff so far. I've been thinking about George Carlin's recent passing on and recall he had a comedy routine on "where's the blue food?"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Posts
    140

    Default

    Someone brought blue honey to a honey tasting last year at my Metro Atlanta Beekeepers' Club - it was delicious, but more interesting because of the color - did indeed come from Kudzu....the scourge of the south.

    Linda T in Atlanta
    "You never can tell with bees...." Winnie the Pooh
    http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Posts
    707

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Chesterfield, VA
    Posts
    95

    Default

    I'm not sure if you have Sourwood trees around your area but around here Sourwood produces a blue-ish honey that is really good.
    Big T

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Greensboro, N.C.
    Posts
    5,080

    Default

    Blue or purple, it is known for the Fort Bragg and east area. It has never been diagnosed positively. It has such a great and unique flavor, all samples that have been sent in for testing have mysteriously disappeared. Here is a lady that got supers full of it last year.

    http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/sho...d.php?t=197276

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, North Carolina
    Posts
    15

    Default

    Thanks.

    That was a lot of information. So far I have seen no reports of anyone who was able to reproduce blue or purple honey. There are several plant species that are possible, but sourwood and soil composition are a comon thread.

    Since this is such a rare occurance what would a fair marker price be?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Posts
    3,598

    Default

    I'd be stretching it to say this honey came out purple but look at the color difference from the outside of the frame to the center

    http://www.drobbins.net/bees/honey.jpg

    it came out with maybe a little of a purplish tint but mostly just dark
    and delicious

    Dave

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Sacramento,California,USA
    Posts
    3,598

    Default

    Thanks for sharing Dave, it looks nice and pretty!

    Not much looks nicer than a full frame of sealed honey, except maybe a full frame of sealed brood!
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Linton, In
    Posts
    82

    Default

    The oldtimers used to say that blue honey came from honeydew.
    mdotson

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Moore County, NC
    Posts
    208

    Smile Have Blue Honey

    I have several hives that have been bringing in blue honey. Most of them have just a partial frame of blue honey with amber honey surrounding it. However I was able to get three frames of blue honey from one hive. I just wanted to be able to say that I have bottled blue honey. I tell people that he comes from the Viagra tree.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Oxford, Kansas
    Posts
    1,988

    Default

    Interesting Does anyone get a surplus of blue hoeny that can be sold. If so how well does it sell. I would like to have a couple of jars of the blue honey not to sell but to show on my table when selling honey. Most people dont even realize there is different shades of color to honey or flavors. If any one has a couple extra pounds I would like to get some thanks

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, North Carolina
    Posts
    15

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherpa1 View Post
    I have several hives that have been bringing in blue honey.
    Is this the first harvest, or is it a recent necter flow? Do you know what the necter source is? Are there any specific soil conditions in your area that could contribute to this? Are there other beeks in your area that have harvested blue honey? Intersesting stuff. Thanks.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Moore County, NC
    Posts
    208

    Default

    Andy,
    The blue honey came from my hives that I harvested last (produced late June, early July). I got about 5 gallons. I have contacted a couple of professors to see if I can have it tested to help identify the source. There have been others in this area who have harvested some blue honey, but I don't know anyone else who has some this year. One professor postulated that it may be from the sourwood when there is high acid and magnesium in the soil. Another guess is huckleberry. There is not any kudzo in my area that I know of.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, North Carolina
    Posts
    15

    Default

    Thanks Sherpa1,

    I am new to beekeeping, and once I get several strong hives I plan on replicating the production of blue honey. The more I know about the unique conditions required the more successful I will be in this endevor.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
    Posts
    3,590

    Blue Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherpa1 View Post
    Andy,
    The blue honey came from my hives that I harvested last (produced late June, early July). I got about 5 gallons. I have contacted a couple of professors to see if I can have it tested to help identify the source. There have been others in this area who have harvested some blue honey, but I don't know anyone else who has some this year. One professor postulated that it may be from the sourwood when there is high acid and magnesium in the soil. Another guess is huckleberry. There is not any kudzo in my area that I know of.
    This is disinterring an old thread...

    The wife of a friend of mine mentioned seeing an article about "Blue Honey" in "Our State", a magazine about North Carolina.

    It appears that tests preformed by Professor John Ambrose at North Caroline State University showed that aluminum uptake by certain (blue) plants was the cause of the blue honey. Ambrose believes that a reaction between the aluminum in the nectar, and the bees' acidic digestive fluides caused the honey to be blue.

    It seems that the "Blue Honey" turns brown over time...


    The article appeared in the April 2010 issue of "Our State".
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads