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    Default Flavor of Honey

    This is the first time ever for taking honey from my hives. Got 45 pounds out of 15 frames. The honey I harvested has a fresh minty taste. What kind of flower or source did the nectar come from that made the minty taste in honey?

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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    Did you feed with essential oils or honey b healthy in your sugar syrup?

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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    it will vary for you. for me minty is mint or more likely basswood.

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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    Basswood / Linden tree.
    Frank

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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    I was going to say basswood too but I personally can't describe it as mint tasting. According to the honey tasting guru groups the word for what basswood tastes like is "bite". In other words there is a sort of twinge from tasting it? Too difficult to describe but if you have a lot of basswood I'd say this may be the taste you experience.
    "Challenger" as in the Mopar muscle car. Not a personality description .
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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    Where do I fine these honey tasting guru groups?
    Paul 15 years 15 hives TF

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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    even basswood nectar has a local flavor to it. your best bet is a meeting of your state beekeepers group. empire honey producers association has a honey contest as part of their fall meeting see: www.eshpa.org

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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    What about privet hedge there seamed to be a big bloom year for it this spring. does it taste minty?

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    Default Re: Flavor of Honey

    Do you have narrow leaf mint or mountain mint in your area, it's just starting here, bees work the heck out of it.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=narr...HYzSDucQsAQILg

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