The Many Ways Bees Can Make Green Honey

Redditor Ok_Journalist120 presents us with a mystery. His father keeps bees in Florida, and one honey harvest was green! How did that happen?

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The most common reason for odd colored honey is sweet industrial waste that the bees feed on. You might remember the 2012 story in which French bees produced green and blue honey. It was discovered that the bees had been feeding on uncovered candy waste from a nearby Mars plant that was making M&Ms. Then there was the 2015 case of Arthur Mondella, whose marijuana growing operation came to light after bees started producing red honey by eating illegally discarded syrup from his maraschino cherry factory.

Redditor Steadyandquick found all kinds of examples of green honey. Honey can be green if the bees have been consuming the nectar of yellow star thistle, which flourishes in California.

An expensive honey from Borneo is green due to chlorophyll in the exotic flowers found on the island of Banggi. Another study on the same type of claim for green honey from the Palawan forest of the Philippines found no hives, hinting that this type of honey is faked.

Beekeepers in Greece found their honey green in 2016. They believed it was because of kiwi plants, but kiwi plants do not produce nectar, which is what honey is made from. An investigation found that the bees had been feeding on the juice of mature kiwi fruits that were unharvested after a hailstorm damaged the crops. What bees make can’t officially be called honey unless it is made from flower nectar. While the “fruit juice honey” was delicious, it was not good for the bees, and they didn’t survive the next winter.  

As for the honey pictured here, Ok_Journalist120 has been eating it a little at a time for a year now, and hasn’t suffered any ill effects. But there’s no definite answer yet for this particular case of green honey.

Source: neatorama

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