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Turning Lavender and Sweet Clover to Honey

 

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Our honey is the first two on the left. Most likely the nectar for each of these honeys, from left to right, are: Sunflower, Canola, Yellow Sweet Clover and Lavender. It is easy to see the bits of honey comb floating in the first one because I did not filter it. The sunflower honey is a vibrant yellow color which does not really show very well in this photo. The second one from the left  is also unfiltered but does have wax that settles to the bottom. This clover honey is a very pale, creamy color that shows more color than it really has. It has a buttery, rich flavor and is very thick, almost resembling a whipped honey.

 

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I just found out that our hill is the perfect place to make honey. Here, a honey bee is finding clover nectar that it will take back to the hives we just set out last week.
This bee is loving the idea of his own sunflower.
We have a sunflower field right next to the house and the bees are loving those too.
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Each kind of honey has unique characteristics.  I am experimenting with producing lavender honey. A lavender seedling ready to be planted.

 

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To find out what type of nectar the bees are bringing back to the hive, I have to follow the bees as they leave the hive to see where they are getting the nectar from. These are my Lavender fields in my dreams. All honey is a combination of nectar, but often the specific hives will gravitate to specific flowers.
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We try to stay calm when we are around the bees. They don’t seem to mind sharing their honey with us.
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Honey doesn’t have to be processed, I just let the honey drip out of the comb into a jar.
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Simple elegance! Honey drizzled over blue cheese. This is our first jar of honey. So beautiful in its raw, unfiltered, unheated, unadulterated state.

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