Maple Sap Honey?

MacDaddy(z6a NY)November 23, 2006

I thought of something many years ago that I never got a chance to try. A sort of mad scientist idea. I used to live next to a guy who would collect maple sap and boil it down into syrup. It seemed to take a lot of energy. So I was wondering if one could feed the sap to bees instead and let them concentrate it. It might be too dilute so a little preboiling might work to get the concentration up enough for the bees. I wonder what it would taste like.

Hey don't blame me if your hive dies.


Brian Macker

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I don't think honey bees would take the sap, you still need to boil it....then what? Feed it to honey bees?
You can try but I think they only take it when there is no flow, I rather have the girls get nectar from the flowers.
[Better Honey]
People mix honey with maple syrup and sell it as maple honey.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2006 at 8:47PM
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ccrb1(z5 IND)

Indeed, bees take nectar, not sap. And the sap doesn't keep very long, and it flows as winter ebbs, with nights below freezing... long before the bees are much active.

However, this is hardly an original idea. Decades ago, a spoof column appeared in "Gleanings in Bee Culture" presented this idea.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2006 at 11:16PM
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Maple sap is about 1.5% sugar on average and has a shelf life similar to milk. I've mixed maple syrup with honey, added yeast and water... I call it "Maple Mead", my wife calls it "Tractor Fuel"

    Bookmark   December 1, 2006 at 12:19PM
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ccrb1(z5 IND)

I have to wonder this: My honey, when it's carefully handled and bottled raw tastes so much better than the stuff in the stores, and is purer (I practice chemical free beekeeping), why would I want to mess with flavorings?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 8:04AM
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