The Knotweed Rhubarb Sauce has a pleasantly sour flavor that works well in both savory and sweet dishes. Knowing that the color of the honey gives a good indication as to the antioxidant content, I knew this honey was full of antioxidants and I had to try it! If so, how does it spread? Bamboo is dark like Buckwheat, yet has a sweeter flavor. We will wait for the bees to finish having their fun, and then work on removing the knotweed. Each time someone visits Honey Bee Suite, his or her location will appear on the map. Right at this very moment when no other plant is even thinking about it. I’m looking forward to seeing them all dressed in “flour.”, This is the best picture I got, unfortunately you can’t see the pollen on her back. The conclusion to this experiment was that Japanese Knotweed honey added the most flavor to the cookies. I’ve been noticing that most of the best fall honey plants we have around here are invasives: -Spotted knapweed Lately, I’ve been enjoying them sauteed with a few other abundant spring greens, along with some tomatoes, which really compliment the sour flavor of the Knotweed. It is great on cornbread, oatmeal, or in sauces. Each jar is labelled with the name of the varietal. Many people think it is some kind of bamboo because of its hollow stems and raised stem nodes, but it has no relation to true bamboo, which is actually a grass. Bamboo (Japanese Knotweed) Honey – Raw $ 13.00 – $ 342.00; Goldenrod Honey – Raw $ 10.00 – $ 300.00; Orange Blossom Honey – Raw $ 10.00 – $ 300.00; Variety Pack, Mixed Case of Raw Honey $ 35.00 – $ 310.00; Pure Beeswax $ 13.00; Raw Propolis Chunks $ 70.00; 100% of our honey is made by our bees; right here in your backyard. But if you can look past that detail, it is actually a pretty plant with large spade-shaped leaves and showy cream-colored flowers. Its knotweed honey! —From Anatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass. -Tansy -Queen Anne’s Lace Comes in a rustic linen bag. This has a very slight maple syrup flavor. Okay, we all know that Japanese knotweed is an invasive species, prone to tearing up your driveway, cracking your foundation, and choking rivers and streams. Bamboo is a common nickname for Japanese knotweed, because the stalk of the plant is hollow and segmented similar to Bamboo stalks. Oh, and I’m pretty sure chicory is introduced. Where I live Himalayan balsam is the flavour of the month, you can see the bees returning covered in the white pollen as if they had been frolicking in flour. It grows in patches on hillsides. Let the honey continue to flow. The goldenrod is in bud,now, and if we get the expected rain from the remnants of Isaac, we should be OK for Fall. We refuse to process our product to an always s same commercial year around look! The stem diameters vary just enough to provide suitable housing for a wide range of tunnel-nesting bees, including mason bees and leafcutters. Well liked by bees, the blossoms provide bee forage when little else is available. zzwergel. Our Bamboo Honey is made by 100% by our bees here in Pennsylvania. He calls his honey clover honey because much of it is based on clovers. Loading... Unsubscribe from redbrookhoney? I’ve also seen it near homes that are miles away. Mine tastes nothing like buckwheat, which I compare to molasses in taste. Yup, sounds like knotweed. In 2019, the company released Dance Language as a variety 4-pack, with each bottle featuring a different single-source honey, including blueberry honey, Japanese knotweed honey, black button sage honey and meadowfoam honey. A cute presentation for a honey connoisseur! It is designed to be informative and fun, but also to remind readers that pollinators throughout the world are endangered. 2 years ago. Using varietal honeys is nothing new in brewing, but showcasing how varietal honeys impact beer flavor in a single 4-pack truly influenced the way consumers and brewers view … A cute presentation for a honey connoisseur! Only a few drops are needed, so try about 10 or 20 drops (0.5ml to 1ml) per kg of food and adjust to taste. Its Tweet. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. -Thistle Unless otherwise noted, all text and images appearing on HoneyBeeSuite.com are © Rusty Burlew 2009-2020 and may not be used without prior permission. I’ve tried it and, personally, I don’t taste a resemblance. Our bees gather Knotweed nectar from the fields of a pumpkin farm in Sultan, WA. The honey is dark and flavorful, and many people compare it to a mild form of buckwheat honey. 19 Posts #13 • Sep 17, 2018. Mine is thick with bees right now. Honey Dust is a free-flowing combination of sugar and honey, making a sweet powder treat. My friend, colleague, and bee-keeper in upstate New York showed me a picture of her Japanese Knotweed honey for this season. I’m a beekeeper and I’ve heard that bees can’t pass the winter only with this kind of honey, due to very quick crystalization. Japanese knotweed flowers are valued by some beekeepers as an important source of nectar for honeybees, at a time of year when little else is flowering. Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed. -Yellow hawkweed. This Care Package is designed for 5 or more people. It was a beautiful and dark honey. I just harvested 77.5 pounds of Japanese knotweed honey between Covington & Black Diamond, WA… OMG it’s dark, darker than the buckwheat honey I’ve had, and the flavor is wonderful… You can’t even see the bottom of a tablespoon of this stuff. The European honey bee has been in North America almost as long as the Europeans who brought it. The distinct dark amber color and deep, rich flavor make it a superb choice for sweetening your rooibos teas. Dave. -Purple Loostrife I ask because it is a beautiful plant that was abuzz… When I put the car window down, honey bees flew into the car. Lady’s Thumb (Polygonum persicaria) This is sometimes called heart’s ease, spotted knotweed, and spotted lady’s thumb. Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica (formerly Polygonum cuspidatum), is an herbaceous perennial in the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae. It originated in Asia, where it is eaten as a spring vegetable, and is used in a number of herbal remedies. Knotweed honey has a very light flavor profile despite the dark color, a little more body up front with a smooth finish. Curated Honey Sampler Set Muslin bag filled with four 3.3 oz jars of honey and a wooden honey dipper Spring Blossom Honey Summer Wildflower Honey Japanese Knotweed Honey New England Cranberry Honey Our Spring Blossom Honey is a light, golden hon I love asparagus, I just don’t think it makes the best-mixed drink. Honey Bee Suite is dedicated to honey bees, beekeeping, wild bees, other pollinators, and pollination ecology. Wherever the pieces land, they can grow into a new plant. Due to a nature of our HONEY handling and a fact that our product is totally raw, the color as well as the texture of honey may vary. Thanks for the advice. "Hives smell like dirty socks, but the taste is good". His company produces tens of thousands of pounds a year from 700 or so hives. We Extract our honey and put it in these pails which are then sealed until you open them. Japanese knotweed yields a monofloral honey, usually called bamboo honey by northeastern U.S. beekeepers, like a mild-flavored version of buckwheat honey. This honey is the most popular as it is difficult to collect in volume. Oregano! I love it…top 100 worst weeds… but if we just overlook that…. Serious honey lovers only! You will love the aroma and flavor of these raw honeys. Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe 3.02K. Bee lovers have found another use for Japanese knotweed. The honey has a dark, molassy appearance, but the flavor is much sweeter than that of Buckwheat Honey. -Sweet white clover It says: If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. and cut them down, dry them, and make solitary bee nesting tubes! Its purpose it to discuss contemporary issues in beekeeping and bee science. The World Conservation Union lists Japanese knotweed among the top 100 worst invasive plants. At this time of year in western Washington, you can hear these bushes before you see them. The Japanese Knotwood (Fallopia japonica) is a towering bamboo like plant and a rich source of late season honey. Perfect in coffee! The hollow stems are often cut into lengths and bundled for use as native bee habitat. But a lot of other plants are in there as well. But what’s the best thing about knotweed? There are several … The sample I had crystallized quickly at a rate similar to buckwheat honey. Other Facts: It was introduced in the 1800s to the Britain by Victorians as an ornamental plant. Our Summer Wildflower Honey has a dark amber color with a full bodied natural flavor harvested in late summer when bees forage on golden rod, Japanese knotweed, cucumber, squash & pumpkin, and herbs such as thyme, lavender, bee balm & oregano. Some of our popular honey crops are privet, linden, and knotweed honey. We’ve found that the raw form of crystalized honey gives the best flavor with a few extra nutrients from the unfiltered add-ins. My town has already cut the knotweed down once and it’s all grown back in months time!! The pictures below were taken in Kirkland, Washington yesterday afternoon. Shopping Cart Items: 0 . Comes from Hickory PA, not far from here. The European honey bee has been in North America almost as long as the Europeans who brought it. Small pieces get carried around on tires, in streams, by animals, birds, etc. Make no wonder our fall is usually the heaviest nectar flow. I just harvested 77.5 pounds of Japanese knotweed honey between Covington & Black Diamond, WA… OMG it’s dark, darker than the buckwheat honey I’ve had, and the flavor is wonderful… You can’t even see the bottom of a tablespoon of this stuff. This honey is a very dark honey and also has a pleasant sweet taste to it. After it conquers the yard it will conquer the house. They are alive with pollinators and are particularly attractive to honey bees. The closest relative of a North American native bee to make the list is the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, the state insect of New Mexico. Thank you. Still, it is good and definitely worth a try—you can often find it sold as “bamboo honey,” especially on the east coast. It’s actually fairly pleasant. Our honey is all-natural, made proudly in Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts by our own honeybees, and possesses no flavor or color additives of any sort. It comes from the Knotweed plant which is found predominately along waterways. Member. Although it provides a significant source of nectar to honeybees when little else is blooming, this plant is an undesirable invasive plant. Origin: Pennsylvania, USA | 3" wide x 3.5" tall Japanese Knotweed produces a dark honey, Goldenrod honey is a medium honey, and Lambs Ear honey is light. From asters and goldenrod; jewelweed and Japanese knotweed. I have knotweed nearby ..within a mile and a half. Member. Our golden rod is in full bloom and the knotweed should be blooming within the next week. All of our honey is 100% pure U.S. honey - there is no blending or alteration done to any of our honey! This gift box contains 10 different varietal honeys in 2oz bears. It is not near a stream. Japanese Knotweed gives us the best tasting honey in Maine redbrookhoney. At Crystal Honey, all our raw and unfiltered honey is harvested, extracted, and jarred straight from the hive. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. Use those roots! Fall Dark Honey - Mixed floral variety consisting primarily of Japanese Knotweed. It is a miracle of nature, pollinating plants with abandon, while turning their nectars into one of nature’s most delicious substances. Do you have any photos? For a bee, the warmer seasons are a Mardi Gras parade of nectars. In my climate the Goldenrod is coming into full bloom. $3/lb is about as low as you will see anywhere. We’ll have to plant some enticing non-invasive flowers next year to make up for the lost habitat! Neighbors have the same.”. Its a great table honey for tea and toast, just as good for baking. But she sure is cute, all cuddled up in that flower. Once cooked, the flavor of Japanese knotweed changes a bit and it tastes a bit more like asparagus instead of rhubarb. Our raw Bamboo Honey is actually not from bamboo at all. For a bee, the warmer seasons are a Mardi Gras parade of nectars. I’m looking at that list from Tim above for all the invasive plants and we have everyone of them here in Newfoundland. No, you can’t see it. I used it for a crumb bar recipe I normally prepare to use leftover cranberry sauce during the holidays, and it turned out fantastic. 1 - 50-count bag of Honeysticks to soothe the throat, 1 - 0.75oz tube of Honey and Beeswax Handcream to ease dry hands. Darker than any honey I have seen yet. For best results dilute our honey flavour into a key wet ingredient such as water, milk or egg. Bamboo honey is difficult to produce and isolate as a monofloral honey. Along with condensation from respiration, the bees do fine on it. It is non-discriminatory, encompassing both honey bees and wild bees. Our Raw Honey for Rooibos is produced from the nectar of Japanese Knotweed. The dark color of knotweed honey comes from it's rich mineral content. Your support matters. Has a nice malty flavor, perhaps with a very subtle toffee undertone. It could be steamed. Yet, ironically many would suggest the best time for applying herbicides is when the plant is in flower towards the end of summer. But common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is classified as a noxious weed here, and all I can say is Thank Heaven for chicory! Either way goldenrod and knotweed are abundent and that’s a good thing! Because it grows in most any condition, bee farmers find bees love its flowers and the honey that comes out, often called Knotweed Honey or Bamboo Honey, is a lot like Buckwheat Honey. The Goldenrod and Lamb’s Ear cookies were very similar. Although they may seem small and insignificant, pollinators are vital to anyone who eats. ... over very low heat for a half hour, it remelts. Japanese knotweed yields a monofloral honey, usually called bamboo honey by northeastern U.S. beekeepers, like a mild-flavored version of buckwheat honey. 1 - 80-count bag of Honey Candy to soothe the throat. The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; “honeybee” is equivalent to “Johnsmith.” It derives from a plant called Japanese Knotweed, which is also known as American Bamboo, Mexican Bamboo, or Smartweed. Here hundreds of colonies died because of it. Lots of folks use Japanese Knotweed shoots as a rhubarb substitute- and recipes using them in this way abound on the internet- but I prefer them in savory dishes. We recommend using Bamboo Honey in autumn and winter baked goods, bread, pies, cookies, and cakes. In the US, Japanese Knotweed it is an invasive plant that is related to buckwheat. Bamboo Honey comes from the American bamboo plant, also known as Japanese knotweed. They sound like candidates for pollen tramps of the year. The flavor has been described as sweet and nutty. Copyright 2004-20 The Bee Folks All rights reserved. Our honey is never heated or filtered to remove bits of beeswax, pollen, or other impurities. Well, we don’t have Japanese knotweed, and I hope we don’t get it. We have also used it in honey roasted butternut … All rights reserved Honey Bee Suite © 2009-2020 by Rusty Burlew. Cancel Unsubscribe. Stick with knotweed infused alcohol for best results. Mine tastes nothing like buckwheat, which I compare to molasses in taste. I’ve read that the flowers are all female, making the seeds sterile. It is a MAJOR nectar source here. It commonly occurs in all regions. This honey is a very dark honey and also has a pleasant sweet taste to it. If you are baking then please remember that some of the flavour will ‘flash off’ so … Get the best price for raw honey in bulk. … The bees make this honey from the nectar of Japanese Knotweed flowers that typically bloom during late summer. The honey is typically referred to as Bamboo Honey instead of Knotweed Honey, because the plant looks like bamboo. My bees are buzzing so loud, happy as can bee, or is me that’s happy? The signature color adds a distinct flare to any dish that you add knotweed honey to. Read more in Stephen Buhner’s book ‘Healing Lyme.’ It is the plant that many vitamin makers use for their resveratrol supplements. My bees’ frames are full of bright white pollen, and nothing kills it or sets it back – a new crop of blooms every morning. The owner of this invasive marvel says, “Standing next to the knotweed almost sounded like you were standing next to a hive.” She also said, “I hear knotweed is invasive and hard to get rid of. The non-native European Honey Bee is the state insect of: Not one native bee is a state insect. Japanese Knotweed root is one of the best remedies against Lyme disease. Some of my local members have commented on the taste & smell of the honey. Minnesota now has a state bee as well as a state insect. You need a catchy name for your invasive honey. I frequently overwinter my bees on crystallized honey. The honey our bees gather from these plants is dark, robust, with an earthy, nutty, sweetness that stands well on its own, pair well with cheeses, breads, and add a real signature to a dish. It actually looked like molasses. Many beekeepers manage to harvest a monofloral honey from the vast stands found locally. See Campaign for Solitary Bees https://www.facebook.com/Solitary.bees. It originated in Asia, where it is eaten as a spring vegetable, and is used in a number of herbal remedies. We are a family-owned beekeeping business that specializes in artisanal varietal honeys, beeswax candles, and related products. From asters and goldenrod; jewelweed and Japanese knotweed. The plants may grow 5-8 feet tall in a dense, bush-like display. The honey has a dark, molassy appearance, but the flavor is much sweeter than that of Buckwheat Honey. The plant spreads by rhizomes which can be very, very long. The 15ml bottle contains around 300 drops* of high strength honey natural flavouring. Japanese Knotweed is also used in alcoholic drinks. The amber honey has a pleasing flavor. I encourage you to try some if you haven't, or maybe your holding back thinking its flavor profile is similar to buckwheat honey. 01/08/2020 at 9:12pm # I prefer my honey crystallized- less drippy, does not run off toast as quickly, yet blends into tea easily. Is a rich full-flavored honey with a subtle berry (think black berry) finish. Good work, Minnesota! It is a miracle of nature, pollinating plants with abandon, while turning their nectars into one of nature’s most delicious substances. Although the sweet white clover and yellow hawkweed seem to be around for most of the summer. “I think the honey we get here in the Champlain Valley of Vermont has a really remarkable flavor and a complex range of flavors,” he said. In the second experiment, I made my family’s traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe with honey instead of sugar. If you cut up a rhizome with something like a rototiller, each of the pieces can grow into a new plant. The sauce would also dress up baked pork chops. And if you don’t harvest, it makes a great late-summer boost to a colony’s winter pantry. It’s funny. I will try to photo them, I tried last year but just got blurred images, my camera skills aren’t too good! For example, the knotweed flower is a valuable source of nectar for honeybees, which in turn produces mild-flavored knotweed honey for beekeepers. Japanese knotweed yields a monofloral honey, usually called bamboo honey by northeastern U.S. beekeepers, like a mild-flavored version of buckwheat honey (a related plant also in the Polygonaceae If you require larger volumes please contact us. This gift box contains 5 different varietal honeys in 2oz bears. This website is made possible by people like you. In UK, it is considered illegal to plant or grow this specied in wild but could be grown simply in the garden or own land. . Right now. Please note the honey … This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Nothing is native, not plants or honey bees. If it weren’t for them, the only significant honey plants we’d have this time of year would be goldenrod (which is unreliable) and a number of asters (which have kind of small, sparse blooms). Shop’n Save sells japanese knotweed honey. US$0.00, Candles That Look Like a Drinking Vessel, But Aren't. My side yard looks like I’m growing knotweed as a crop. Invasive yes. It can even be used as a simple spread on biscuits. Beekeepers are everywhere. Knotweed Honey is a dark, almost black, honey with a stronger malty flavor. We now offer a Liquid option for customers wanting liquid honey. Each jar is labelled with the name of the varietal. “An orange honey from the Mediterranean tastes different as well.” Charles Mraz of Champlain Valley Apiaries (motto: “The flower’s fragrance is its flavor”), is a third generation bee keeper. In the US, Japanese Knotweed it is an invasive plant that is related to buckwheat. An interesting honey, and hard to find. . The sophisticated flavor complements a morning cup … Therefore! Japanese Knotweed Honey, 9oz jar Yield: 1 drink Knotweed Gin and Tonic. We focus on producing single-source wildflower honey, which we define as raw honey from one location and one time period. That’s easy: it’s in bloom. Bombus affinis, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee, has been so honored. Also an invasive species! It’s not poison, it’s just a little short of water. Being warm at serving time also enhances the flavor. Learn how your comment data is processed. The solstice is here and so is bee season. Please browse the categories below to learn more!   Sub-Total : Once the flowers die back, she should cut up the stems for native bees and get rid of the rest. Introduced from Europe, this has naturalized in all states except Hawaii, particularly in damp or disturbed sites. Update! 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