Rhododendrons... Good? Bad?

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  1. Guba

    Guba New Member

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    I did a search here on this subject and didn't come up with any answers. So....

    I read an article in a news paper that rhododendron honey can give stomach cramps and make people sick. How true is this? I have two rhododendrons on my property, is that enough to influence the honey for the bad?

    I wish I had cut out the article now, so I could descibe it better. :(
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Rhodes in America are safe. Some Rhodes in Europe are said to be toxic to bees and honey.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    At a honey tasting we were given the oppertunity to taste rhododendron honey, nobody got sick, and seems to me if I rememberright it had a kind of bitter taste to my taster.
     
  4. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    It all depends on the % of the honey that comes from Rhody nectar and how much of it you eat... as well as how sensitive your digestive tract is. Somebody with iritible bowel syndrome is more likely to get sick than someone with a strong stomache. Honey that is 100% Rhody nectar is more likely to make you sick than honey that is 25% Rhody nectar. If you eat a full pound of Rhody honey in one sitting you're more likely to get sick than if you eat a tablespoon.

    It has the potential to make people sick, but getting sick from it is rare... and to the best of my knowledge has never been fatal to anyone.
     
  5. Guba

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    Thanks for the replies, sounds like I won't have anything to wory about. :thumbsup:
     
  6. srvfantexasflood

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  7. Greenb3tree

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    I wouldn't worry about 2 Rhododendron bushes. Not enough to influence the honey.

    JC