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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding bees Panela

    Hello, i was wondering if anyone here has fed their bees Panela? Panela can be found at mexican grocery stores, and in fact is VERY cheap here in the southern parts of United States. It is sugar cane juice crushed out and pretty much boiled till it gets to a thick consistancy, then when it cools it its a dark brown brick. It has all the molasses and other natural things raw sugar cane has in it. In fact, it is somewhat healthy, when we buy regular white cane sugar in the stores, its pretty much stripped sucrose. SO, what im getting at, is it would be food for the bees, and nutrients as well. All in all, maby overall better bee health? Im just throwing this out here, i dont want to feed it to my bees and make them sick, i wouldnt figure it would, but anyone out there use Panela? And if so have you tried feeding it to your bees. Thanks guys for the input

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    Default Re: Feeding bees Panela

    I had never heard of Panela until your post, but it sounds like a bad idea if it has a brown color. Solids in sugars, particularly ash, are not good for bees. Here's a reference:

    http://www.honeybeesuite.com/is-orga...tter-for-bees/
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Feeding bees Panela

    You might also like to have a look at this US Dept of Agriculture research into different sugars and whether they are beneficial or poisonous to bees:
    http://www.sugarindia.com/invert_syrup_honey_bee.htm

    Panela is not mentioned specifically. Wikipedia says that panela is "solid pieces of sucrose and fructose obtained from the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice". The research talks about the effects of sucrose, fructose, glucose and other sugar components on bees.

    At the end, there is this statement: "Sugars which have poisoned bees are acceptable in rations if they are sufficiently diluted with sucrose... 8 to 1".

    Might be worth a read.

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    Wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugarcane
    Jeanette
    HiveTasks Software for beekeepers

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    Default Re: Feeding bees Panela

    Thanks for the responses and info. I'll check it out. It's amazing how different kinds of sugars can poision them. But I guess Coke, and Dr Pepper aren't one of those sugars I guess. Lol. Thanks again for the info

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    Default Re: Feeding bees Panela

    Molasses is NG for bees

    Don't feed it too them

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    Default Re: Feeding bees Panela

    Good deal, I will just use regular sugar for feeding. Thanks for the info guys

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