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  1. #1
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    Default What is this very dark honey?

    I would assume it is golden rod, but in thinking about this, I don't have that dirty sock smell around my hives yet. Look at the close-up on the video, the honey has a reddish tint:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf9CMPSXBvw

    It is hard to describe the taste of this, it is very good when eating it, but it is not as sweet and leaves a stringent aftertaste.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    Looks like our Fall honey. Which I am pretty sure the color is mainly due to the Golden Rod. I too... notice no dirty socks smell. I gather there are quite a few varieties of GR... so maybe they don't all have that odor... don't know. I can tell you one thing... it sells great... at least among those who are really particular. We get that same red hue too...

  3. #3
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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    if it has a reddish hue its likely honey from Japanese knotwood or red bamboo as some call it. very popular honey in some locales.....it is here in western PA!

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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    Could be japanese knotweed, hard to say for sure.

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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    Compared to these pictures, it looks more like buckwheat.

    http://www.ebeehoney.com/HoneyVarieties.html

    I will have to drive around and look for buckwheat and knotweed sources. Don't have to look too far to see golden rod!

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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    buckwheat is very very dark...pretty much black.

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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    I wonder how far south the Japanese Knotweed grows? I see it is invasive in VA... so maybe it has made it to Coastal NC... just curious.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    Well, here is another chart.

    http://www.desertvikingranch.com/doc...honeyguide.pdf

    Anyone in Wisconsin familiar with this honey. I will bring over a sample for verification (if you are close to Manitowoc).

  9. #9

    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    Would you like to sell some? I want to make meads, see my offer to buy here: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...want-Goldenrod
    Best to PM me

  10. #10
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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    Quote Originally Posted by nursebee View Post
    Would you like to sell some? I want to make meads, see my offer to buy here:
    Best to PM me
    Pretty sure I have what you are looking for... I'll PM you.

  11. #11
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    Default Re: What is this very dark honey?

    I highly doubt it's goldenrod. People say goldenrod honey is dark but I have found that's definately not the case. I have hives over goldenrod every fall and the honey is very yellow, on the lighter side.

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