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Oma last won the day on October 18 2018

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  1. My 80% Kamahi pollen count honey is lighter and more golden than the above Kamahi
  2. Just read the article in NZ beekeeper “What do we know about Kanuka honey?” Great information, easy to understand shows Kanuka has lots of unique features that would add to its marketing potential. Helped fill in some gaps between the differences in Manuka and Kanuka honeys. Thanks @Kate R loved it!
  3. My hives back on to the biggest freshwater wetland in New Zealand at the base of lake Taupo, so further down the road from us the flood plane prevents hive placements. There is major work being undertaken to restore the wetland to native flora and fauna, they are making great progress but there is a long way to go. The giant willow aphid is totally absent this year but their sap sucking ways have been taken over by a plague of passion vine hoppers As I harvest one box of honey at a time I have a large variation in types and tastes and it costs a small fortune in tutin tests.
  4. Well who would have thought pollen samples have come back nearly 80% kamahi 4% gorse 3% willow the rest unidentifiable. I’m a convert for Kamahi it sure is tasty. My bees are travelling further afield than I realised. Pollen counting adds another dimension to beekeeping.
  5. Nice, quiet, productive, hybrid bees.
  6. Hi @Snap I always put some of my honey in the freezer straight after I put it into the jars. Some types honey will be liquid when you get it out of the freezer but some honey very very slowly crystalizes. The good thing about the freezing honey I have discovered recently is, because the whole aging process is slowed down so much by freezing when it does crystalize it does so with a fine grain and not large sharp crystals. This is what you are trying to achieve with the creaming process. That’s the up side, the down side is you might fill up the freezer if you don’t have a large one.
  7. My understanding for the edge protection in the first place was because the girls can't get their nashers in a start removing the tape that holds the oa and glycerine in the hive. Apparently they have trouble destroying the staple from the flat surface and will start on the edge. Pinking shears might give them easier access in to remove the strip more quickly.
  8. I didn’t word my post very well it should have said. “ALL natural honey is good for sore throats so that would include the corona virus” better get some as back up in your cupboard now.
  9. Someone just has to show Manuka honey is good for the throat if you get the corona virus and everyone will want some in the cupboard!
  10. Helps to be a weakling I figured out this method of getting boxes apart ages ago. The only change in my method is I wack the hive tool in with one of the wedges and use two wedges along the edge of the box parallel with the frames rather than along the (front or back) as it’s easier to prise the frames down.
  11. How exciting it could be. There are often 4 honey sellers in our tiny market but mine is the only one fully labeled with a Turangi address. The others come from Whanganui, Taumaranui, and one is unlabelled and sold without verification by an 80yr old timer who has always sold it like this and isn’t about to change any time soon.
  12. Had a gentleman come up to me in the market today and ask what had caused the honey he had sent to him from Switzerland to granulate with very course crystals. Needless to say I questioned him further and told him it was illegal for honey to come into nz. He said it had been posted to him and customs had not stopped it and was happy to have got it in without detection. Is it not detected as food by the mail screening process or are our border controls only interested in drugs? He said he consumed all the honey but it wasn’t very nice, and disposed of the container by burning it,
  13. You are right Kaihoka, and a few more things to add to that list of 50yrs ago, washing out plastic bags and drying them out in the sunshine so that they could be used over and over again, replacing that big scoop in the phosphate loaded soap powders with a spoon to cut down on recommended over use, or using sunlight soap instead, over population was a biggie and very often discussed when figures of the “boomers” and the population explosion projected forward. Large families that had been the norm were frowned upon, I’m sure that’s why the contraceptive industry was born. And if your re
  14. Just shelled whole nuts? Probably roasted first? Have you ever tried to do the with your hazels @Goran Sounds delicious!
  15. Thanks @Kate R the sample is still sitting next to the computer waiting till I have tutu samples to send. Would it help if I sent in a couple of Phacelia flowers?
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