Honey can be as golden as the sun or as dark as molasses. Researchers have identified over 100 different flavors in it, too, some more savory or stinky than others.
September 12, 2014 A California researcher wants to give honey the same nuanced flavor vocabulary as wine and coffee. The flavor wheel she and her testers created is certainly a conversation starter.
A Chinese farmer tends to bees producing honey to supplement her income at a farm in China's Anhui province.
March 8, 2013 Two giant honey packers have admitted to buying millions of dollars in mislabeled honey from China. Honey industry insiders have long suspected this misuse, but it's the first time any U.S. packer has admitted to it.
We knew the Honey Nut Cheerios bee liked sweet stuff. But imagine what would happen if he met green M&M?
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October 5, 2012 Beekeepers in Alsace couldn't figure out why their honey was coming out in shades of blue and green. But the answer was not far away. A plant that processes waste from an M&M factory was just too tempting to the bees.
September 25, 2012 A new generation of meadmakers are producing a drier, more drinkable product than old-style meads. Companies like Maine Mead Works are also tapping mead's potential to make creative use of local ingredients, like berries and lavender.
A jar of roadside honey from the Green Mountains in Libya.
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June 14, 2012 The Revolutionary Road trip crew turns to The Salt for advice on whether some local Libyan honey could heal one member's upset stomach.
Almond trees rely on bees to pollinate during their brief bloom for a few weeks in February.
February 14, 2012 This month, the bees from 1.6 million hives — many of them trucked in commercially from as far away as North Dakota — will pollinate California's almond orchards. Then beekeepers will pack up their colonies and drive them back to the northern Plains, where bees can graze for the summer. But scientists says that floral feast in the Great Plains is shrinking because of high corn prices.
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A Chinese beekeeper harvests honey beside a rapeseed field in Anhui province. China is a major producer of honey and bee products.
December 13, 2011 More than half of the honey that Americans consume today is imported from abroad, but some say the industry is plagued by forgery and illicit products from Asia. Five of the biggest American honey retailers are now setting up a system that they hope will clear away suspicion that illegal Chinese honey has infiltrated the honey supply.
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