Comments for Honey Traveler Everything in the world about honey Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:15:43 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Exceptional Websites & Resources by Scott Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:15:43 +0000 Hi Amina:

Thanks! It has been a labor of love… love of honey that is! :) I hope you let me know when you finish your honey flavor and aroma wheel. I would interested in trying it out! Once people become educated to the differences between different honeys, the market for honey will evolve and grow correspondingly.

Perhaps when you are done with this project I could entice you to focus on honey and cheese parings! When you get a good match the result is quite astonishing.


Comment on Exceptional Websites & Resources by Amina Harris Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:00:35 +0000 Hi Scott,
I have been using your site as a reference for about a year. You have great insight and descriptions of honeys. I am the Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at UCDavis. We are presently in development of a honey flavor and aroma wheel. Your site has been VERY helpful. We will be putting together a panel of about 15 tasters. If you lived out this way (and I don’t think you do) I would want you on the panel and on my Advisory Committee.
Cheers to you for getting it right!

Comment on Raw Honey by Scott Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:56:07 +0000 Hi Pooja:

The likely reason is that it has fermented. The water content may have been a little too high allowing wild yeast in the honey to convert it to alcohol and creating Carbon Dioxide causing fumes you saw.

Was the honey stored in a warm place? This could have helped it ferment.

While fermented honey is not poisonous, I would not recommend eating this honey, as this is not a normal effect.


Comment on Raw Honey by pooja Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:44:23 +0000 Hi
can someone tell me the reason for spontaneous volatile fumes that I saw in newly opened honey jar that was supposedly of good quality?

Comment on Raw Honey by pooja Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:41:10 +0000 Hi… I just bought honey jar that had pollen and organic material.. but when I opened the jar for the 1st time I saw spontaneous volatile fumes from it for few seconds… it was at room temperature only.. I have never seen such a thing
does anyone knows the reason for these fumes

Comment on Honeydew – Forest Honeys by Scott Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:53:03 +0000 Hi Dave:

Interesting observations! Honey dew definitely crystallizes once it looses moisture, but honey dew honey resists crystallization strongly.

Can you clarify what you said about “… continued to bring in very dark honey…” I don’t understand where they would get this as they need to create honey themselves, not bring it in.

Because honey dew honey is high in ash and indigestible sugars, it can be poor winter food for bees, and can lead to dysentery.

It is worth noting that bee dysentery is not a disease, nor can it be transmitted to humans. It is a digesting problem that leads to diarrhea. However as you wisely tested, diarrhea can be a associated with infection by a bee parasite called Nosema which can lead to the death of bees. Nosema has no direct impact on, nor is it dangerous to humans.

While an important consideration for bee management, honey dew honey is perfectly safe for humans and is enjoyed world-wide for its healthful properties and strong, delicious taste.


Comment on Honeydew – Forest Honeys by Scott Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:28:25 +0000 Hi Ohm:

Well, I must admit that while I get a pretty good sensation from eating honey, it doesn’t pack such a strong wallop as alcohol or marijuana. :) I don’t know why this would happen with your forest honey. There are a few nectefarious plants that can create these sensations, such as rhododendron, possibly one of these. If the honey had a reddish color, then perhaps it was the honey referred to here, Honey Hunting Nepal. Definitely something I would consider trying the next time I am passing through Nepal.


Comment on Honeydew – Forest Honeys by Ohm Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:31:49 +0000 hi scot, i brought this forest honey while travelling to nepal. It was brought from high altitude mountains of nepal and tibet. Many people beleived that it has strong medical properties since it is made on high altitude and bees are assumed to have many herbal flowers as well while making it. But once you take two spoonful of it, within an hour, you gets a high sensation like alcoholic or marijauna or similar

Comment on Honeydew – Forest Honeys by Dave Johnson Sun, 02 Mar 2014 18:34:40 +0000 I Keep bees in the West Kootenay area of British Columbia Canada.
I have experienced honey dew honey on a few occasions.
The first time was several years ago where we found the honey dew was crystalizing in the comb only days after it had been brought into the hive. Once the bees stopped harvesting this material, they continued to bring in very dark honey which was stored in an arch below the crystalized material. The following winter, we lost virtually all of our hives to a dysentary which made a horrible mess of the hives. Obviously, honey dew honey is not a desirable winter feed for the bees as they cannot digest the particulate matter in the honey dew.
This past summer 2013 we produced the darkest and most dense honey since my previous experience with honey dew.
The honey has a wonderful rich flavour and has been very popular with our customers. Especially the customers of European descent.
However, we are experiencing dysentary in some of our hives (not all of them) and we have lost colonys I am sure due to the honey. WE have had nosema tests done which are negative so I have to believe is is honey dew.
Conclusion: Honey dew has an unpleasant consequence if it is not recognized soon enough prior to hives going into winter. Especially in our area where bee flight is limited from November to February or March.

Comment on Honey Buyers Guide by Lorna Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:56:28 +0000 I actually like the taste of Mountain Ridge honey. It reminds me of the honey my dad harvested from trees in the wild. I don’t understand why straining the honey is such a bad thing. However, I don’t like the idea of the honey not being 100% from a single place. I am finding that honeys are like wines. It matters how the flavor was derived!