National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, we decided to harvest honey from our beehive. Our friends whom we borrow the extractor from are getting ready to move, so it was a kind of now or never situation.
We decided to try and harvest the lighter frames first and bottle them before extracting the rest of the honey.
The rest of the honey still looked pretty light to me, however, so I pulled out a jar of last years' honey to compare to.
It's a shame that the honey on grocery store shelves is all exactly the same color.
I'm actually really excited about the lighter honey. As I've been working the last few years on converting recipes to use honey, I've been frustrated by some of the results. Some desserts like custard and chocolate pudding are completely overwhelmed by the strong honey flavor, and end up tasting just like eating honey with more body. It tastes good, but it's not what I'm looking for.
Darker honey is known for being more nutritious, but definitely having a stronger flavor. (It's especially good for making whole wheat bread.) So hopefully I can have some more successes using the lighter honey for lighter dessert things.