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skydragon 

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I love dark brown honey, generally preffering it to clear or lightly coloured honeys. I'm generalising, but darker honeys tend to have a stonger flavour which I prefer. (eg. I had some German beechwood honey last year which was almost black in colour and very strongly flavoured).

I've recently harvested my first honey crop and am anticipating a 2nd crop in the next month, all being well. Due to their location, my bees foriage mainly on wild flowers/trees, rather than arable crops such as Oilseed rape, beans, etc. The resulting honey is lovely, with a delicate taste and a clear/yellow colour. But for next year I'd like to see if I can also get some darker honeys from the girls.

Any ideas what foriaging (plant types) in UK results in dark brown honey?
 

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Much prefer tree honeys....chestnut, beech etc. Does chestnut produce nectar where it's grown in the UK (not here :()?
 

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Much prefer tree honeys....chestnut, beech etc. Does chestnut produce nectar where it's grown in the UK (not here :()?
Yes,horse chesnut gives a dark strong honey.
 

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Sweet chestnut has been in full flow for about 8 days now. It is my main crop, hundreds of hectares of deciduous woodland which is a 50/50 mix of chestnut and oak. Produces a light gold honey of wonderful flavour- Yum.
 

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No. You don't get dark honeys in the UK. Not enough dark honey forage. No chestnut woods like you get in France or Italy.
 

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We get a dark honey from the Horse chesnut in my area.
I dont like the taste as its to strong but it sells well.

Southampton Beekeepers get a flow from one of their Apiaries about 5 miles away.

It looks like the dark colour could be down to honeydew.
 

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I have some chestnut honey from a cut out I did a while ago.
 

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