I use Anise oil in my water bottle to spray the bees. No sugar. Make sure it is Pimpinella anisum, and not star anise. I read about it on honeybeesuite.com
I didn't mean to infer anybody did. Merely that it's the only explanation I can come up with for the oft repeated comment I get about my honey tasting different/"better". It's the ONLY thing I do differently from most. Smoked salmon was the best analogy I could think of, a poor choice, I know.I don't use enough smoke to make anything in the hive taste like smoke.
Ironically my friends and family I have given small jars to say the same thing so the big question is are they comparing yours to high end organic stuff or the cheap highly processed stuff often found in the store. Even if compared to other beekeepers, unless you are neighbors, there is a good chance your bees might be working different things. Mine may be on persimmon trees, and yours on clover, it could even be in how you process it, since I don't have very many hives and don't really do it for the honey, I personally use the crush and strain method so I don't worry about spinning out fresh new comb. and it seems my honey is a little darker possibly from getting honey out of comb that's had a round or two of brood in it, it sometimes has little bee parts which I'm sure adds to the taste but everyone loves it.I didn't mean to infer anybody did. Merely that it's the only explanation I can come up with for the oft repeated comment I get about my honey tasting different/"better". It's the ONLY thing I do differently from most. Smoked salmon was the best analogy I could think of, a poor choice, I know.
Thank you both for your comments. Michael - I just ordered your book...
This seems to come up pretty regularly. I don't get it.
Off topic? Hardly. Didn't you start the thread with a comment about smoke flavored honey?:
It was passed down from a very knowledgeable beekeeper, and I've read it in reliable literature: Honey and wax absorb odors. Smoked salmon is good, and so is plain salmon, just not in the same way. Almost everyone that tries my honey will say how good it is or "why can't I find honey like this in the store?". The only answer I can come up with is that I almost never smoke my bees. ( or, as a result, my honey)...