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  1. #1
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    Default Milk Thistle Honey

    Hi:

    I am looking for information on Thistle honey. In particular Milk Thistle honey. Milk Thistle is a commercially grown herb that is taken for liver function. Since it is grown commercially I suspect that milk thistle honey is a definite possibility. I have read it is grown commercially in Texas, but elsewhere too.

    Does anyone currently harvest milk thistle honey, or know where I might find it?

    Thanks,
    Scott

    http://www.honeytraveler.com

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    Default Re: Milk Thistle Honey

    I assume we are talking about "Milkweed"? I have a lot in my yard, because the bees do like it and work it. I suppose if you had fields of it you might get a crop, but I have never heard of that nor of fields of milkweed.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Milk Thistle Honey

    Hi Michael - No, not milkweed, but the thistle, Silybum marianum. It has been used for thousands of years as an herbal medicine, and is sold as such even today.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 10-01-2011 at 03:44 PM.

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    Default Re: Milk Thistle Honey

    Scott, I have Milk Thistle growing in profusion near my bees. They seem to ignore it completely.

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    Default Re: Milk Thistle Honey

    Arthur - That's interesting, I've read the nectar flow of the Milk Thistle is moderate to strong. I guess there is something else that is capturing their attention at your location. I wonder if milk thistle honey production is usually related to milk thistle grown as herbal crops where the bees don't have as much choice.

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    Default Re: Milk Thistle Honey

    They were also ignoring the white clover and a few acres of wildflowers that are in front of the hive area. I couldn't figure out where they were going. The thistles will be back next year and I'll keep a closer watch on them.

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