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How is fennel honey?

is fennel honey real

Fennel honey is quite a rare thing. We all know about fennel seeds (oftentimes mistaking them for caraway seeds) as we enjoy them sprinkled on different types of bread. And some of us know that fennel is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses. But before seeds, fennel makes beautiful yellow flowers which are full of nectar and pollen and are very attractive to honey bees. Name: Fennel Scientific name: Foeniculum vulgare It is native to the Mediterranean, but is now found throughout… Read More

Black Mangrove Honey and why we have less and less of it

black mangrove honey is becoming rare

Black Mangrove honey is a unique honey with roots in salty waters. Sort of saying. Tastes like butterscotch and is good for kidney stones and hepatitis! But because we cut the trees to build roads and commercial centers or because hurricanes destroy them, we have less and less of what was once considered a delicacy. Common name: Black Mangrove Scientific name: Avicennia germinans It’s a shrub in the acanthus family, Acanthaceae. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and on the… Read More

Are there pesticides in honey?

pesticides in honey

To ask if there are pesticides in honey is quite legitimate. If those toxic chemicals are in flowers’ nectar aren’t they in honey, too? Are they dangerous to us? will see… Agriculture needs toxic chemicals to fight against weeds, insects, bacteria, rodents and so many others. To resist those poisoning substances, the plants have been GMO-ed. Everything has changed. And this change threatens the quality of the other byproducts, like honey. The commonly used insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, are absorbed… Read More

How is cotton honey?

what is cotton honey like

Cotton honey first sounded like a joke to me. I mean, cotton is for clothes, for good quality clothes, breathable and soft. The only image I had in mind of the plant named cotton, was from an old movie where black slaves were gathering white balls of fluffy cotton from a huge field. (city girl – what can I say!) I remember the contrast between their black ebony hands and the white balls. I never imagined honey can be produced from… Read More

News from beekeeping: beginners increase their number as never before

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With more and more technology beekeeping is getting easier. Beginners have increased their number a lot this year but somehow we don’t have more honey. We are told the bees disappear. Despite the fact that conventional medicine has begun to recognize the good benefits of honey consumption. Or maybe, because of it? We have more beekeeping beginners though we still hear about colony collapse disorder and less and less honey bees. Would that mean that the damage we bring to… Read More

Greek types of honey and why they are so special!

what honey can we find in greece

The golden liquid, ambrosia. The old Gods must have known more than we do today about honey! Its cult was preserved by Greeks even till today. Here are the main Greek types of honey and why they are so special to us all. Harsh times? Financial economic troubles? In Greece, honey is somewhere above all these. No other nation is as dedicated to beekeeping as this one. And here are the reasons for saying this: • Greek language has more… Read More

Rhododendron honey

how is rhododendron honey

You might have heard that rhododendron is a toxic plant. This is partially true because not all rhododendrons contain toxic compounds. Honey bees are attracted to all of them, toxic or non-toxic and produce a tasty honey that in spring beekeepers usually leave it in the hive, for them, to feed themselves after a long winter. The term rhododendron comes from the Ancient Greek and means Rose Tree. There are 1,024 species of woody plants in the Ericaceae family, either evergreen or deciduous. They are mainly found in Asia,… Read More

What is mad honey? Is it dangerous? Where can I find it?

what is mad honey

What is mad honey? Gooood honey…. It’s honey that drives you mad, some people say. In reality it’s a toxic honey which has light hallucinogenic effects. Interested? It is made from the nectar bees gather from some species of rhododendron. Not all rhododendron honey is toxic, as not all rhododendrons contain toxic compounds. Yet, all species produce a very-attractive-to-bees nectar. And ultimately, we may also have a good, delicious, healthy and non-toxic honey. But here we’ll talk about the toxic… Read More

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