Honeybee on Russian Olive

Honey Sources

Honey comes from many sources. Honey is made fom nectar that bees collect form a variety of flowers.  They generally go after the most prolific, sweetest nectar in the fields aor in trees.  They collect nectar from a wide are, at least 8000 acres, around a single colony location. 

They don't care whether the flower is a noxious weed or your favorite blooms, they get their nectar from whatever they find. 

First thing in the spring they get nectar from maple trees and and pussy willows.  Other early blooms including   dandelions,  Russian Olives and honeysuckle. 

A bee busy on a Russian olive  branch.

Basswod blooms hang downfor bees to find. 

Purple Loosestrife, a troubling invasive in and along waterways (below).

Goldenrod provides an amber honey that tastes like butterscotch.

Wildflowers provide a variety of tastes the heighten the flavor of this blend of honey. (below)

Dandelions provide the first crop of honey.

Clovers provide the main honey crop in the midwest

Buckwheat (below) provides a possible last crop of dark honey.

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