Honeybees and their keeper are hard at work.
The flavor and color of honey depends on the flowers and nectar from which it is made. Beekeepers who have access to large fields or groves of a particular crop may be pretty well assured that their honey is from orange blossoms or tupelo blossoms or clover blossoms, etc. Warren doesn't have a good way to know the exact source for his honey so he calls it wildflower honey but he definitely gets different types of honey. This year, the Pattersons extracted three separate varities of honey. It is a bit of work to watch the honey in the frames to know when the variety changes. Honey in the frame is covered by wax which is opaque. One can sort of see the color of the honey behind it but it is fairly subjective. Individual frames are often of the same variety though not always. Bees just store the nectar that is available at a given time and don't care a single bit whether the keeper can easily separate the different types of honey. They are funny that way.
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Person Interviewed: Warren Patterson
Title: Bee Keeper
Hours: By appointment
Location: Kanawha County, West Virginia
Address: 2 Observatory Road, Charleston, WV 25314
Reservations: Not required, group tours available.
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