Mystery Honey Part Deux

A few weeks ago I posted about my first honey harvest at the Sunshine Community Gardens, and how it was a complete bust. The general consensus was a super filled with dumpster honey which I ended up throwing out. I had planned on sending a sample for analysis but in the end decided it wasn’t worth the money to have someone tell me my honey was 40% high fructose corn syrup.

I had another harvest this weekend from one of my south Austin hives which has been consistently producing beautiful floral spring honey. When I started extracting this time however, it was that same thick weird “honey” I found in my central Austin hive just a few short weeks ago. Clearly something is up, and I’m now thinking perhaps this wasn’t produced by some dumpster diving bees.

My new theory is honeydew honey. Central Texas is experiencing an explosion in aphids due to the rains and hot weather we’ve had this summer. I’m guessing that the bees are taking up aphid honeydew instead of plant nectar which is resulting in this unusual honey. It is extremely difficult to extract using the crush and strain method and also has a very grainy texture. At this point, I think I need to bite the bullet and send a sample off to A&M. Are there any other beekeepers out there who have run across this issue before?

At least this harvest wasn’t a complete bust as we had a wonderful lunch from Team Baab-Brock Farms based on honey and the wild plums ripening around Austin right now.

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5 responses to “Mystery Honey Part Deux

  1. Interesting. In some European countries honeydew honey is considered a delicacy… not sure it appeals to me though!

    • I read that. Seems like it is popular in Australia and New Zealand as well. Still just a theory though. Hopefully the analysis will shed further light on this mystery.

  2. Maybe this sounds icky, but wondering if you tried tasting it.
    BTW, I tried hot dogs, kim chi, and alioli as you described in another post. Yummy!

  3. Weird… my last honey was really thick, but tasted like honey. We have tons of Pecan trees and everything has been coated in honeydew all summer.

  4. Pingback: Urban Farming: Dumpster Honey Anyone?

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