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Seasonal Honey Variations

You may remember that we began our adventure as apiculturists (beekeepers) earlier this year.  But did you know that honey that comes out of a hive early in the season is completely different in color, taste and character than honey from later in the season?  This is something I've been meaning to share with you for awhile.  I had almost forgotten, until I was putting away a jar of honey and looked to see if it was early honey or late honey.

Honey Color Variation

The honey on the left was from our very first honey harvest.  The taste is light, fruity, sweet, but not too sweet.  It's honestly unlike any honey I've had before.

 

The honey on the right is from the same hive, harvested about 6 weeks later.  It is dark with a strong, sweet flavor.  It almost has a molasses hint to it.  It is also very, very different from even the local honey I've eaten before.

 

It's amazing to me that two foods that are so different were made by the same bees in the same hive.  I'm just blown away.  I suppose this is what they are talking about when you read "varietal" honey.  The difference is simply amazing!

 

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So what about you?  Do you keep bees or buy local varietal honey?  Let me know all about it!

nebraskadave
9/24/2013 8:50:09 PM

Heather, I suspect the difference is in what the bees are gathering the nectar from. I know when Dad had cows, we could always tell when they had gotten into a weed patch. The milk tasted terrible. My sister let me taste some honey that had been from the hives of Las Vegas (desert honey). Aack, I must be spoiled with the clover honey from the Nebraska sweet clover fields. Have a great varietal honey day.