Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Magnolia Family
Other members of the magnolia family include several species of flowering magnolia trees. The beautiful flowering blossoms of these magnolias often produce large quantities of pollen. Pollen is important to the honey bees as a source of protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Tuliptree is a heavy producer of nectar, a carbohydrate and the source of honey. When the bees mix the pollen and nectar to produce bee bread, they make a complete diet for their brood. The towering tuliptree produces nectar from large, tulip-shaped blossoms. Each flower only produces nectar for about a day and a half. However, during its relatively short blooming period, one of these large trees may produce nine pounds of nectar. From this nectar, the bees may produce two to two and a half pounds of honey. Tuliptree honey, considered to be of good quality, is reddish amber in color and rather strong if flavor. I am sure that on a cold Kentucky morning Randolph enjoys a breakfast of fried rabbit and hot, buttered biscuits with tuliptree honey.
Posted by Richard Underhill at 11:56 AM
Labels: bee plants, honey bee, Magnolia, Tuliptree
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Thank you for all the information about this tree! My honeybees were all over the flowers today. They were so loud that I thought I had a swarm in the tree!ReplyDelete
Tulip poplar is said to make a reddish honey, is it fruity tasting? If not, what blooms while it's still cool, having a reddish honey with a fruity taste? Where it was still a cool time of the year. Wisteria and yellow jessmine might been in bloom. Where me, good usually taste better when someone else cooks it. But if I make it and tell you it's good. You better believe it's good. And this reddish honey was delicious. Made me think of watermelon, but weren't any watermelons that time of year.ReplyDelete
I'd appreciate feedback.
Bees make a reddish honey from tulip poplar that I describe as being somewhat robust in flavor. If you live in the South, kudzu makes a fruity honey that tastes like grapes. Kudzu is a legume, like wisteria. Yellow jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens, by the way, is toxic to honey bees. Hopefully, these beautiful yellow-flowered plants are not too prevalent in your area.Delete
Enjoy your beekeeping and honey!