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Bees make mint honey after eating fondant

Posted on Saturday, 10 November, 2012 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Following the poor summer in Britain this year some bees have started looking elsewhere for nectar.

Bee keeper Paul Snowden was startled when his bees started to produce honey that tasted of mint. Tracking down the source he soon discovered that the bees had been traveling to a plant that recycles confectionery waste and were bringing back mint fondant that is more typically found in After Eights. While the honey tastes quite nice initially unfortunately the recycling process has given it an unpleasant metallic aftertaste.

"Bees will search everywhere on reconnaissance flights and will travel up to three miles," said Snowden. "Well, in this case one little guy has flown to the SugaRich plant about half-a-mile away and found this rich source of sugar and then returned and told all his fellow bees."

"When Mr Snowden first tasted the mint honey he was dumbfounded but he spotted which way the bees were flying from their hives and by tracing their flight path stumbled across them congregating around a skip."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by King Fluffs on 10 November, 2012, 20:27
Comment icon #9 Posted by White Unicorn on 10 November, 2012, 22:42
Interesting story since I like honey and its a great nutrient. I don't know why but when I read the comment yuck yucky it just crossed my mind, isn't honey from a worker bee a form of glorious bee poop? Kind of like an egg is a hen's way of menustration? Yucky Yuck made a lot of weird things cross my thoughts about what we eat! LOL
Comment icon #10 Posted by Still Waters on 10 November, 2012, 23:37
I like honey but I'm not sure about mint flavoured. It doesn't sound too appetising somehow
Comment icon #11 Posted by Tommy13 on 11 November, 2012, 16:01
Can anyone say mojito?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lava_Lady on 12 November, 2012, 8:55
Yeah, probably best to not think about it too much... Lol But it also makes one wonder who was the very first person to try whatever gross thing and how did that person convince the second person to try it? Second person - ... You say you saw it drop out of where??? First person - I know, I know..... But crack a couple of those and scramble the slimy stuff over some heat and wow! And its even better with that spoiled, solidified milk melted into it!! Yum! Now I'm hungry!
Comment icon #13 Posted by thewild on 12 November, 2012, 14:16
Bees are fascinating creatures. They are just doing their job, gathering sugar sweet stuff for making honey. Perhaps we should plant extra flowers for them?
Comment icon #14 Posted by rashore on 12 November, 2012, 15:41
Lol, honey is not bee poop or other, um, nether regions discharge... It's dried vomit. Bees have a special stomach they collect nectar into. These field bees are then greeted by hive bees and the field bees vomit up the nectar to the hive bees. The hive bees start digesting and adding enzymes before vomiting it up into the hives cell walls. The vomit is then fanned by bees to dry out, resulting in honey.
Comment icon #15 Posted by White Unicorn on 12 November, 2012, 16:57
Thanks for the reply I'm not too much into bees biology and was hoping someone would comment with more info I knew it was a form of glorified bee excrement of somekind...vomit still makes me think yucky when you think of what you like to eat LOL But mother parrots do the same kind of thing to feed their chicks but at least it comes out of the mouth instead of the nether regions!
Comment icon #16 Posted by The Unseen on 17 November, 2012, 9:48
doesn't surprise me at all.It's true,Mother nature will find a way and adapt to whatever works.Here in the U,S, I have taken to leaving Dr Peper in cans around the ranch to attract bees to my plants and flowers,I grw very nice tomatos and hot pepers this yearmand the bees were quite thankfull and I will place even more next year for the little guys,without them we as humans will starve.

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