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    Default What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    I am not sure I fully understand how this works. Care to explain. Thank you.

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    since all of the workers are technically virgin isn't all honey virgin ? Actually the definition as far as I know is honey that is taken from new comb without heat or pressure

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    Sounds like nonsence to me. Unrefined honey is usually called Raw Honey in all my years I have never heard of anyone calling it Virgin Honey even out of new comb, though you could market honey out of new comb at a premium since there is no chance for contamination from residuals in wax.

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    Che,
    No such term in American english in regards to honey or honey products.
    Could it mean "Organic" in Sweden?
    Or
    Someone has found a way to market their honey with a nice term that doesn't really mean anything.
    Hawkster & BeeTrucker may have a point that they could be selling honey in new comb.
    But, there is not a term "virgin" for that that I have ever heard.
    I may have to think about that for my honey.
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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    In the case of virgin olive oil, it is termed that because no chemicals are used in the process. Refined olive oil has been through some sort of chemical process to neutralize strong tastes (characterized as defects) and neutralize the acid content. So, maybe chemical or treatment free honey?
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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    The truest "virgin" honey would be comb honey from foundation-less supers.
    That's as close to "virgin" I.E. untouched/untreated/unaltered as I can think of that would be feasible to market.
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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    OK. So what is virgin comb? Is that comb that no babies have be laid in? (not a pun).? That would be all the comb in my supers then. This sounds pretty lame as a marketing term.

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    Definition of virgin comb
    noun
    honeycomb that has been used only once for honey and never for storing eggs.

    http://oxforddictionaries.com/defini...?q=virgin+comb
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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    Virgin honey comes from ugly bees.

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    Arn't they all virgins except the queen?

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    Interesting idea. I think it would take too much time to explain it to the consumer, the explanation would sound kind of lame, and the customer may ask what's wrong with all my other honey and why isn't it virgin.

    Sounds like a couple of inquiries I've had from people who want honey from the "lower half of the comb." I ask if they mean the brood nest, that is the lower half of the hive (which loses them in the conversation) and they say they want honey from the lower portion of the cell. Supposedly, someone is telling, or selling them on the idea that it's better honey with more antioxidants...and that it's possible for us beekeepers to extract and segregate that honey.

    Sounds like someone sits around and makes this stuff up.

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    No such thing as virgin honey, it has all been regurgitated by the bees when it gets to the hive.

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    Default Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    The term is commonly used in some parts of Latin America and Europe, as a way to describe minimum human intervention and no admixtures to the mix. It’s just a way to say you are not selling adulterated honey on any form. The term does not have anything to do with proper dictionary translation, or scientific explanation; it is a colloquial form used to explain procedures and origins of products.

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