Beekeeper's honey harvest ruined after bees feast on mint fondant

Beekeeper Paul Snowden with the honey ruined after his bees feasted on fondant

Beekeeper Paul Snowden with the honey ruined after his bees feasted on fondant

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A BEEKEEPER in North Yorkshire says an entire honey harvest has been contaminated after his bees feasted on mint fondant.

Bees at Yorkshire Beehives, in Riccall, are believed to have flown half-a-mile to eat the fondant from skips at a plant which recycles chocolate waste into animal feed.

As a result, the honey produced by the bees has an unusual fudge-like consistency and tastes of mint with a strange metallic aftertaste.

The bees are thought to have resorted to eating the confectionery due to unseasonably bad weather in the spring and summer which meant there were fewer flowering plants.

Paul Snowden, owner of Yorkshire Beehives, said he could have lost more than £1,000 of honey as a result of the contamination.

He said: “It’s the blasted aftertaste that spoils it.

“It has set really hard. The stuff I have put in jars has set rock hard.

“We have had a diabolical year. If you ask any beekeeper, they have had a chronic year.

“There will be a real shortage of English honey.

“The bees have been desperate for food. They go mad over fondant because obviously it’s high in sugar.

“They have brought it back to the hives and processed it. I’m not attributing blame to anyone, it’s just one of those things.”

The story echoes a case in France when apiaries in Alsace began producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green.

Keepers later discovered the colours came from residue from containers of M&Ms processed at a nearby plant.

Mr Snowden – who has ten hives and about 600,000 bees in summer – said he was now considering moving his beehives from Riccall Grange to Escrick Park.

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9:33am Fri 9 Nov 12

BigJon says...

What's a "havest"?
What's a "havest"? BigJon
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10:02am Fri 9 Nov 12

RichR says...

Wasn't this on Look North a few days ago?
Wasn't this on Look North a few days ago? RichR
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11:07am Fri 9 Nov 12

YorkPatrol says...

RichR wrote:
Wasn't this on Look North a few days ago?
Maybe it was, but for all those who missed it...


Buzz off with your pointless comments!
[quote][p][bold]RichR[/bold] wrote: Wasn't this on Look North a few days ago?[/p][/quote]Maybe it was, but for all those who missed it... Buzz off with your pointless comments! YorkPatrol
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11:33am Fri 9 Nov 12

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Think laterally ( "out of the box") and see whether there is a market for this novel honey with confectionery manufacturers.
(providing that the honey passes any toxicity tests
Think laterally ( "out of the box") and see whether there is a market for this novel honey with confectionery manufacturers. (providing that the honey passes any toxicity tests Older Sometimes Wiser
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12:02pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

BigJon wrote:
What's a "havest"?
It's halfway between a 'harvest' and a 'hive'.
[quote][p][bold]BigJon[/bold] wrote: What's a "havest"?[/p][/quote]It's halfway between a 'harvest' and a 'hive'. Ignatius Lumpopo
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12:57pm Fri 9 Nov 12

ShunGokuSatsu says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
Think laterally ( "out of the box") and see whether there is a market for this novel honey with confectionery manufacturers. (providing that the honey passes any toxicity tests
He said: “It’s the blasted aftertaste that spoils it.
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: Think laterally ( "out of the box") and see whether there is a market for this novel honey with confectionery manufacturers. (providing that the honey passes any toxicity tests[/p][/quote][quote]He said: “It’s the blasted aftertaste that spoils it.[/quote] ShunGokuSatsu
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2:25pm Fri 9 Nov 12

alfie says...

Ah bless at least its natural, just market the honey as special mint flavour, whack it on the internet and someone in america will buy it all.
Ah bless at least its natural, just market the honey as special mint flavour, whack it on the internet and someone in america will buy it all. alfie
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3:54pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

ShunGokuSatsu wrote:
Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
Think laterally ( "out of the box") and see whether there is a market for this novel honey with confectionery manufacturers. (providing that the honey passes any toxicity tests
He said: “It’s the blasted aftertaste that spoils it.
Yes I did notice the" after-taste" potential problem which is why I suggested looking towards a processed product which might conceal it!
Another thought is the use of honey in female skin products/cosmetics where an after-taste would not be a problem!
If one Google's " honey in cosmetics" this brings up a number of commercial possible outlets.
[quote][p][bold]ShunGokuSatsu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: Think laterally ( "out of the box") and see whether there is a market for this novel honey with confectionery manufacturers. (providing that the honey passes any toxicity tests[/p][/quote][quote]He said: “It’s the blasted aftertaste that spoils it.[/quote][/p][/quote]Yes I did notice the" after-taste" potential problem which is why I suggested looking towards a processed product which might conceal it! Another thought is the use of honey in female skin products/cosmetics where an after-taste would not be a problem! If one Google's " honey in cosmetics" this brings up a number of commercial possible outlets. Older Sometimes Wiser
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6:21pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Not only plural but apostrophe "s" is third person singular now?

What next, catch the bu's? York Pres's?
Not only plural but apostrophe "s" is third person singular now? What next, catch the bu's? York Pres's? Buzz Light-year
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