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  1. #1
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    Default Cotton Honey

    First year bee keeper here; started with two nucs in May, 2013. Both hives are Italians and are doing well. I placed a honey super on the strongest hive on August 2nd when I noticed the cotton blooms were starting to appear. On September 20th, I pulled the honey super off the hive.

    Here are some of the frames:

    frame 4.jpgframe 6.jpgframe 6a.jpg

    Here are the final results: 9 quarts of cotton honey. I am very proud of my girls!

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    BeeRanger

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    Default Re: Cotton Honey

    Congratulations!

    Never got a thimble full of cotton honey & it's growing all around me. It's either the soil, moisture or type of cotton planted. AND I'm not that far away from you either!!!

    The only thing I've gotten from cotton is ............clothes!
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    Default Re: Cotton Honey

    I tasted cotton honey for the first time last week.It has a very unique taste,unlike any other I have tried.I really liked the taste but others might disagree.If I had a large amount to sell I would either market it separately,at a higher price,or blend it with wildflower to lighten the color of the wildflower.The cotton honey I tried was as light as the lightest clover honey.

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    Default Re: Cotton Honey

    Cotton honey is reported to be water white. Have never seen any, myself. Like snl, my bees show no interest in cotton. ( A couple of outyards with 1000s of acres surrounding)
    Does that mean that the pictured honey may not be cotton?
    Walt

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    Default Re: Cotton Honey

    I think something is wrong with your bees they didn't make any propolis!!!! Ha ha that's some good looking stuff.

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    Default Re: Cotton Honey

    Beautiful 1st and last pics! My bees also made a mess on some of the frames just like the middle pic . Next year I am going back to wax foundation.

    Beautiful honey!

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    Default Re: Cotton Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by wcubed View Post
    Does that mean that the pictured honey may not be cotton?
    Walt
    No.Different bees,different place,time and most of all,different wildflowers growing in the area.It doesn't take much of a mix to darken light honey.It is for this reason that I never advertise my honey as being from a single floral source.I go out each morning and tell my girls to work only on certain blooms but they never listen.
    edited to add...you should see the different colors here each spring sold as "pure" tupelo.

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    Default Re: Cotton Honey

    I agree that cotton is usually very light. I was surprised this year to see that it was somewhat darker. Still tastes like cotton honey, but a little darker than most years. BTW, this was a bad year for cotton nectar. Not sure what explains it, but I got a fraction of my typical yield. I was much cooler this summer and perhaps that explains it.
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

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