Article by Amaechi Ekufu
Many beekeepers are aware that beekeeper honey is the result of some real hard work, plenty of dedication and lots of patience. They are also aware that harvesting the honey is something each beekeeper looks forward to greatly. However, what most of these beekeepers do not know is that there are 3 categories of beekeeper honey that are usually produced by bees. All the honey that is collected after beekeeping can be linked to one of three types of honey.
1. The Polyfloral / wildflower type of beekeeper honey
This type of honey is usually the kind that is produced by bees that have collected nectar from various kinds of flowers. Each flower has a particular kind of nectar it produces and when the bees come to collect this nectar, they usually end up producing beekeeper honey that is related to the nectar they have produced. The taste of this kind of honey can be described as evolving since it is known to change from one year to the other. Bees that produce this kind of honey are in the habit of producing beekeeper honey that has a very deep aroma.
2. The Monofloral type of Beekeeper Honey
This is the exact opposite of the polyfloral honey and it is made by bees that have collected nectar from just one type of flower. Bees that have habitats near places with just one type of flower usually end up producing this kind of beekeeping honey simply because they are exposed to just that one type of flower. There are however times when the bees might land on one or two different flowers and collect nectar from those. When it comes to beekeeper honey production, these bees will produce the most dominant kind of honey by also produce small amounts of the different kind of honey. It is mostly seen in areas of North African like Egypt and in areas of North America as well as Europe.
3. The Honeydew type of honey
Sometimes, bees go to collect nectar from flowers but they end up taking honeydew in the place of the nectar. This honeydew is the substance that particular insects are fond of secreting as they suck the plant sap. It is dark with an aroma that is outstanding but with a taste that is not as sweet as the other kinds of honey. This kind of beekeeper honey is said to be dangerous to the bees because it causes dysentery and if not contained can easily lead to the death of an entire colony of bees. The bees are unable to digest it because it has quiet a good number of substances that can not be digested.
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