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Strange honey

 
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rmcpb
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:12 pm    Post subject: Strange honey Reply with quote

Nothing to really worry about I don't think but the honey we extract from our mountains hives is more like jelly than honey! It is not crystalline at all, really clear, but if you turn the bottle upsidedown it does not move. Its very gluey when on the spoon. All a bit odd but it tastes good Smile

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J Smith
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Location: New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Riversdale.

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob, is the honey from "Gum" trees? Rolling Eyes

Seriously, it will be a consequence of the major nectar contributor. There are very striking differences in our "bush" honeys, depending on which flower is the greatest donor. Beech, gives a similar "jelly like" honey here and sometimes the Rata honey is like that.
As long as it still tastes great, all is good.
Does it still run off the sides of hot buttered toast though?
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably comes mainly from gum trees and teatrees.

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Answer found on a Kiwi forum. Its described as thrixotropic honey and is from tea trees like Manuka honey.

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is interesting.
Most Manuka honey is quite runny (down here anyhow).
In the North Island they call Manuka Tea tree and Captain Cook was said to have used Manuka leaf tips for making tea and brewing beer.
I wonder if mineral make-up of the soil or some other geographic feature causes more of a thrixotropic effect?
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of my depth now. Just relaying the info on I got from the "experts" if you can call a Kiwi an expert in anything but Rugby Smile

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, pretty good at that- but don't ask them to challenge for a yachting cup! Embarassed
Like you guys over that side of the ditch, we have a pretty good inkling of farming animals, bees included. We just make better Pav's! Laughing
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