Did you know that each vintage of honey is unique? Every year the bees can forage in exactly the same area and yet, depending on what the weather does, they will forage more or less on certain flowers. The outcome of this determines the taste of the nectar that is ultimately turned into honey by the bees. As a mead maker I find this fascinating.
Before you mow your dandelions, consider how food options for pollinators are scarce in early spring. Before May, when other flowers bloom, those sunny little flowers are a very important source of pollen for bees. Dandelion pollen is nutritious and the nectar is abundant - it gives bees a huge boost and adds to the health and wellbeing of the hive. read more