Just because the label says "Honey" doesn't mean a bee would eat it

According to the honey industry, China is dumping tons of stuff in the United States that a bee wouldn't recognize.


12/13/2011 08:55:13 AM

Bees will eat sugar water. In the 1970s I worked for a bee keeper in North Dakota. He would bring his bees into North Dakota in early spring before there were any blossoms. Until the bees could find natural nectar from spring flowers and clover he would feed the bees sugar water so they would not starve. As to whether honey is honey without the pollen, this argument is just plain silly. Filtering out the pollen does not change the nature of honey. Perhaps the label should read honey with unfiltered pollen and honey with most pollen filtered out. People who are very allergic might want honey with less pollen. What one really has to watch out for is honey made by bees that have been feed primarily processed sugar. This might be done by those who find they can sell honey at a higher price than sugar. I have never heard of this being done and I don't know if bees that are constantly feed only processed sugar would remain healthy or not or how much honey they would produce. Honey is just the bees way of storing their natural sugar for times when there is no nectar production in the world around them. If nectar or sugar is constantly present bees would have no reason to make and store much honey at all. This may be why bee keepers take their bees to places like North Dakota because of long winters and large clover and sunflower fields plus all of the natural wild flowers. Note on the side pure clover honey is almost as light as water. I have had some when I worked for a bee keeper. The taste is also very light and mild. I worked for a bee keeper for three summers and was a field state bee inspector in the summers in North Dakota for three more years.