Harvested honey today--man am I beat!

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  1. fatscher

    fatscher New Member

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    3.4 medium supers, close to 115-120 pounds.

    The honey tastes a little (no, a lot) like pear. There are no pear trees anywhere around, lots and lots and lots of wild blackberry and black locust. The honey is a light golden color. Any ideas on why the pear-y taste?

    My mentor joked that the old lady next door bought those gigantic cans of canned pears from Costco, opened 'em up and sat the juice outside for the bees to rob. Lordy, I hope not!
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I like pears.

    G3
     

  3. barry42001

    barry42001 New Member

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    doesn't make any sense, perhaps a blended honey black locust has a unique taste, not particularly pear flavored though--seems like the "blended honey " have a flavor superior to the " pure " honey.
     
  4. Charles

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    No idea why it would taste like pears but....never look a gift horse in the mouth, sounds yummy :mrgreen:
     
  5. fatscher

    fatscher New Member

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    LOL, nor a gift bee in the mouthparts, :lol:
     
  6. fatscher

    fatscher New Member

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    Yeah, I posted the Pear-taste remark wondering if anyone had similar experiences with theirs. I'm a beginning winetaster, my wife and I have joined a wine tasting society, and we're pretty much new-bies at the whole thing. When tasting wines, you generally compare the taste to something else you're familiar with. Each person has a different experience. A wine that tastes like "almonds" or "apricots" to me may taste "buttery" to you. I think honey may be a little different. I know there is an unmistakeable & distinctive pear flavor to it, and it just could be simply the result when numerous floral sources are blended in the right ratios into a flavor "cocktail."

    I'm pleased with the flavor, but it doesn't have that "traditional" clovery honey taste (you call it "pure" honey). I know it might be silly to say "traditional" honey-taste. What does "traditional" mean? When I go to (and everybody hold on to your britches when I say this) Cracker Barrel and ask the waitress for some honey, and she brings these little 1 square inch packets that you peel the top off, that (to me) tastes like standard run-of-the-mill golden honey. I think that stuff is from Sue Bee whose bees forage off the South Dakota open plains of wildflowers and clover. I'm really guessing here, I just don't know for sure.
     
  7. BjornBee

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    For my opinion on the matter, I would require at least three one pound jars to get the proper reading and diagnosis on the honey origin. :roll:
     
  8. Tia

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    Love your answer, BjornBee. One year I got a harvest that had a strong hint of apricot! Never did figure out where it came from but I sure wish the girls would visit that area again!
     
  9. fatscher

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    LOL! Oh, ok, there Bjorn :mrgreen:

    ...and if say, uh, :p I threw in a 4th jar, could we negotiate a free queen from your yard? ;)

    It's all about the negotiation! :D