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    Question What flowers make honey taste bad?

    What weeds or plants, that have blooms and flowers make honey taste bad?
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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Don't know about the taste,But when they are bring in Goldenrod sure don't smell good,
    The honey from it taste alright.Mark,,,,,,,

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Any nicotiana, tobacco wild or otherwise. Leafy spurge.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Buckwheat. It produces a revolting flavor of honey.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Rhododendrons honey is supposedly toxic.
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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Ohh let's add Ailanthus altissima to the list too. I hear that it has a very bitter tasting honey.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Privet Hedge
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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Almonds!

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Really? Privet tastes bad? We have tons of privet growing wild and it always smells wonderful. Now I'm sad.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    What is "bad" or "revolting" to some is delicious and extremely desirable to others.

    When we give tastes of goldenrod honey it is clear that there are camps...some customers make a face, for others it is their favorite and they will buy in increasingly larger jars.

    I could sell buckwheat honey at every market if I had it.

    I've eaten pure almond comb honey and loved it. Yes, it is bitter but I love bitter foods. It reminded me a little of a sweet inner part of a peach pit.

    Go by how the honey tastes to you and your potential customers, not by fear of something tasting "bad". There is someone for every honey!

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    >Buckwheat. It produces a revolting flavor of honey.

    And yet it sells for $13 or more a pound...

    A lot of it is in the taste buds of the consumer. But I have had a few honey's that had a bad aftertaste, like cough medicine... not sure what they were from. Knowing bees, it could be from cough syrup...
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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Fall Bitter weed is the only honey that taste bad to me.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Williamson View Post
    Ohh let's add Ailanthus altissima to the list too. I hear that it has a very bitter tasting honey.
    if you ever break a branch of this you should smell it, some say it smells strongly of motor oil, i think it smells like peanut butter, lol. sorry to get off topic...

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Don't know about what tastes bad, but I had a small sample of chile pequin hot honey and that is when I had to get a hive!

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by mark williams View Post
    Don't know about the taste,But when they are bring in Goldenrod sure don't smell good,
    u can sure sya that again !!
    smells like old gym socks and fritos ewwwwwww hahahaha. its pretty much all i can smell for a week after i first open the hives after winter lol. but, i really do like the taste.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by grozzie2 View Post
    Buckwheat. It produces a revolting flavor of honey.
    Some people don't like it, but many (including me) find it delicious.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by heaflaw View Post
    Privet Hedge

    Surely you jest. I LOVE privet honey. It's dark and strong. Probably my favorite honey of all. Ya'll can keep that barely colored clover honey and I'll take the privet!

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Bee View Post
    Surely you jest. I LOVE privet honey. It's dark and strong. Probably my favorite honey of all. Ya'll can keep that barely colored clover honey and I'll take the privet!
    Yep, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    >Buckwheat. It produces a revolting flavor of honey.

    And yet it sells for $13 or more a pound...

    A lot of it is in the taste buds of the consumer.
    I've got a bottle of it here. Tastes just the way a stale urinal smells. I couldn't give it away around here. It's just revolting. We did a 'honey tasting' some time back with some friends, had 7 different floral honey types. 3 of our friends actually spat the buckwheat honey out onto the table.

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    Default Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    I think we all have different taste buds. I bet mixing the clover and buckwheat will taste good though with the right
    combination of course. Remember that bees will forage a 3 mile radius for pollen and nectar. So your honey might
    be a mixture of different nectar combined. So what you thought is one type of honey might be something else mixed in.
    Try diluting the strong smell with a mild honey to soothe your taste. I am still thinking how to make the eucalyptus honey
    taste better that they harvest in the Spring and Fall. It tastes almost like cough drop or menthol/camphor medicine flavor.
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