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Our farm is covered in Barberry hedges. I am interested to know how much pollen it produces and what quality/quantity it is protien % amino acid profile etc.

 

Have searched Google high and low with no luck.

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Hi @flash4cash if you have any hives on your farm keep a close eye on them once the barberry is flowering, they will swarm fast.

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Thanks I always splitting so aggressively they do not have a chance :)

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I have heard that Barberry is really good forage, however apparently after the bees start on it their stings are a lot more potent than normal.

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Hi @ChrisM I will watch out for it. Got about 50 stings at once with a cheap aliexpress bees suit. Decided I need to upgrade and now I have a professional suit and only been stung once.

 

Do not really mind been stung however on that occasionally my arm started to swell up and I was itching on my feet. Thought I better go to the hospital just in case. All good though anti histamine did the job.

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Are the barberry berries edible ?

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Are the barberry berries edible ?

Yes. My Granddad use to make wine with them.

As kids we always ate them when they were nice and red.

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Well there you go I had no idea @Trevor Gillbanks

We also had to help him pick the berries of both Barberry and Box Thorn. As I remember the scratches were not my most favorite job we had to do. Blasted child slave labour I say.

And not many days go past when I still miss him.

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Used to have a lot of Box Thorn on our farm, didn't eat the berries but enjoyed making tunnels through them.

Also would get the occasional beehive turn up, would have plenty of fun with them, but now have a totally different attitude to bees.

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Used to have a lot of Box Thorn on our farm, didn't eat the berries but enjoyed making tunnels through them.

Yes. I remember the monster box thorn hedges in Taranaki around 60 years ago. Some of them were 15 to 20 m wide. Farmers used to park machinery inside the tunnels.

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Barberry thorns are horrible in fingers . Can take months to get them out

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About 10 years ago my old boss and I were driving through the back roads of Taranaki, from one rotary cowshed to another and we passed a farmer/contractor trimming a boxthorn hedge with what looked like a helicopter on its side, behind the tractor, the blades were huge, not much in the way of safety guarding in place, we had a good laugh over that.

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That's is the way they are cut. Most farmers want them trimmed in winter thus no flowering. I hold off our contractor to early December so after flowering. That way they get all year to grow and have bumper flowering.

 

I am aware some berks are not a fan of barbery but I need the food for the girls before the clover kicks in.

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Does barbery honey have any commercial value?

 

Our farm is starting to flower for clover. Can I mix the 2?

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Our farm is starting to flower for clover. Can I mix the 2?

Try avoiding mixing them !

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Ok thanks means I will have to wait another month before supering up .

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So they've got room for barberry but not barberry/clover ?

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They have got room for barberry I will just give them another box. Itching for new season honey :honeypot:

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Who has a pic of barberry plz?

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What are the barberry berries taste like? Is it similar to anything?

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What are the barberry berries taste like? Is it similar to anything?

Yes, Very similar to Barberry.

Very sweet little berries when ripe. Very sour when not nice and red.

My Grandad used to make wine with them.

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Does barbery honey have any commercial value?

 

I've looked through the catalogues of hundreds of honey suppliers, and haven't seen Barberry honey for sale once.. so I'm guessing not.

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We have barberry hedges, but ours don't flower because we cut them in Autumn, which stops them flowering ( they fruit on last year's growth), and keeps them relatively small and tidy .

The neighbour has unkempt hedges that flower profusely . I think the issue with barberry honey is that it doesn't get capped this time of the year and the bees use most of it themselves to build up .

I've not managed to get bees to put any in honey supers

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