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    Very interesting about the different color honey this year. Notice the difference in these two jars of honey. Both hives are in the same field and harvested at the same time but are separated by about 100 yards. They both have a pleasant taste but the dark may be just a little sweeter. The lighter honey come from a hive surrounded by Crimson Clover while the other hive is right on the edge of the clover and very close to the woods. I guess this proves that bees, like us, have different tastes when it comes to food.

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    Wow, very, very cool. You would not think there would be much variation.

    After having that small hive removed and learning so much about the bees, I have started to regret my decision.

    I wish my bees were back....



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    I have some pepper honey form a local distributor that is dark like the one on the left. It does taste different than the standard clover honey too.
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    I've read where that if a person eats locally made honey, that it will help in warding off or lessen allergies. It has something to do with acclimating the body to local pollen. It could be an old wives tale, but it was in herbal magazine
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgd View Post
    I've read where that if a person eats locally made honey, that it will help in warding off or lessen allergies. It has something to do with acclimating the body to local pollen. It could be an old wives tale, but it was in herbal magazine
    My father in law was talking about that this weekend. He said a beekeeper told him the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgd View Post
    I've read where that if a person eats locally made honey, that it will help in warding off or lessen allergies. It has something to do with acclimating the body to local pollen. It could be an old wives tale, but it was in herbal magazine
    I've had mild allergies most of my life, and I've been taking a teaspoon or two of local honey (not pasturized - cold processed) for more than the last 10 years. Seems to work for me, much less allergic to tree pollen and such. And it's a nice sweet treat with breakfast

    Just my 2 cents, and it supports the local economy too.
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    Looks like I need to pick up some local honey.

    I think that's neat how the two batches look completely different, but basically from next door neighbor hives.
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    Just chiming in..........

    ...........with a "Ditto" on the local honey allergy preventitive. I've heard the same thing, but no practical experience. My son's have allegies bad, in the Spring, and I have been trying to get them to test the theory. ~S

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    Appreciate all your comments and especially want to address the "local honey good for allergies" question. I'd heard that all my life and my wife and son have had a terrible problem each year with allergies all through spring, summer and fall. Since I've had the bees and have harvested the honey, you would not believe the positive effect it has had on their allergy problems. My wife is remarkably better and my son, who has married and moved away some 50 miles, is better at my house but suffers more at his house. So there is a difference in using local honey.

    Another important fact to remember: it needs to be pure, raw honey. Any pasteurization, cooking or additives to keep it from turning to sugar defeats the quality of the honey that is beneficial to your allergies. Meaning most honey you'll buy at Wal Mart. Pure raw honey will turn to sugar over time. It doesn't need to be refrigerated either. That will only speed up the crystallization process. Store it at room temperature in a cabinet, the darker the better.

    If for some reason your local honey turns to sugar, it isn't ruined. Set the honey jar with the lid removed in a pan and measure / fill the pan with enough water that will just cover the amount of honey left in the jar. Remove the jar and boil the water. Once the water has started boiling, remove it from the heat and set the jar of honey back into the pan of water and leave it until cool. That will usually make the honey, honey again. If it still has crystals after the water has cooled, repeat the process. Never put honey in a microwave. Doing so will destroy the enzymes it contains that are beneficial to you.

    I'll have my second crop of honey ready to harvest in about 2 weeks. I'm interested to see what color it will be. I'll let you know.
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    Great post UW! Thanks for the info.
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