‘Rhododendron honey’

What is Mad honey from Turkey, aka Deli Bal, and what is it good for?

mad honey aka rhododendron honey aka deli bal

Mad honey is a controversial honey, both medicinal and toxic. A small spoon of mad honey produces a mild, calming, euphoric sensation, which increases overall feelings of contentedness and relaxation. If you chose not to drink it, but to eat it in small quantities, this type of honey has medical qualities which have started to attract science attention. However, until its medicinal properties are well understood it is still recommended to be avoid it. Mad honey is produced by honey… 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

Mad honey – Are you high?

mad honey takes you high!

No, I’m not kidding. There is a type of honey called ‘mad honey”, and yes, it can get you high! I mean, where do all the drugs originate from? Herbs! What is honey made of? Pollen of the herbs! So, if the bees arrive in an area of some psychedelic plants, the honey will have the plants’ “qualities”. The story of “mad honey” starts in Turkey. It is a dark, reddish honey, known as deli bal in Turkey.  It contains an ingredient from… Read More