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  1. #1
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    Default Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    One of my hives has BLOOD RED honey!! Has anyone ever seen honey this color before? and why? I have 3 hives - the others don't - the honey is normal golden color. This hive is new this year and struggling, so this honey is in the hive body, not the in a super. I won't be harvesting it, but I've never seen honey this color! It truly looks like blood! Not cherry red, not pinkish... Deep red, dark.... Weird! (a bit creepy dripping out of the broken comb when I opened the hive....) I'd love to hear what nectar becomes this color, or what other people's thoughts are....

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    Cherry slushy. Maybe they went for a cold refreshing treat! Seriously I don’t know, and I wouldn’t have the guts to try it.

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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    I read about it once in a bee mag cant remember the plant its normal but low grade.Im not putin it down though Ill take what I can get.

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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    Do you have any pics? I've seen tulip poplar that has a red tint, but it is kinda hard to judge because color is rather subjective.

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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    Quote Originally Posted by Carrie Dennison View Post
    One of my hives has BLOOD RED honey!!
    Can you spell HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER within a few miles?
    I have seen just a bit in my own hives in the past..
    There was an article last year about the Red honey of Brooklyn... forgot the factory, maybe a candy factory was the culprit.
    karla

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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    Have not seen red honey, but have used food coloring when feeding......you get the prettiest drawn comb imaginable!

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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    there was a marishino cherry(sp) place in NY last year that made the news because the local bees were al collecting their liquid. Bees will sometimes collect the juice from very ripe raspberries.

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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    Thought of that, but this is not cherry red, or even near that. Its dark, blood red. Guess they must've gotten into something dyed red, but didn't know if there was something else I didn't know about. I'll take my camera next time I open the hive and take pictures, maybe taste it....it's just a little
    creepy to look at.....

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Various colors of honey ----- RED???

    Culprit... your neighborhood hummingbird feeders!

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