The Color of Honey is of Concern to the Beekeeper, not the Bee

CAMBP Member Blog by Mark Carlson, January 2020

Beekeepers are experts when determining the pedigree of honey. And yet, human sensory analysis, particularly our focus on vision, could be considered trivial for honey bees who mostly work in the dark with specialized gustatory receptors on their antennae, mouthparts and tarsi. Luckily, a rose by any other name still smells as sweet, and my local honey crop (a light amber) was made in-part from another distinctively aromatic flower: wild fennel.