• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • Mike Haasl
  • Pearl Sutton
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • r ranson
  • Burra Maluca
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Leigh Tate
  • Carla Burke
gardeners:
  • Greg Martin
  • Jay Angler
  • John F Dean

Toxic honey

 
pollinator
Posts: 305
Location: North Central New York
15
2
forest garden tiny house chicken food preservation bee woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have heard about honey made from rhododendrons. Are there any other plants of which one should be aware and not have growing in their bee yard?
 
gardener
Posts: 901
Location: North Georgia / Appalachian mountains , Zone 7B/8A
49
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
You are referring to "Mad Honey" which, per the article in the link, only comes from bees that visit certain types of rhododendrons.
Specifically in Turkey, this honey is made ON PURPOSE because of it's druggy effects.


http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/strange-history-hallucinogenic-mad-honey/

 
gardener
Posts: 3397
Location: Central Oklahoma (zone 7a)
1003
forest garden trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Another thread about the "mad honey" article: https://permies.com/t/39363/bees/Hallucinogenic-Mad-Honey-Turkish-Rhododendrons

According to the article, the "mad honey" happens where rhododendrons "grow in monocrop-like swaths". I would imagine that there must be other flowers bees like that could create problematic honey, but unless they become the predominant food of a particular hive, it's unlikely to be discovered.
gift
 
10 Podcast Review of the book Just Enough by Azby Brown
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic