An unusual honey colour resulting from bees feeding on factory wastes
Laurence Poncini, Franz L. Wimmer And Gail F. Sheridan Poncini
One comb of a hive was found to contain an olive-green honey while the surrounding frames contained ordinary (brownish-orange) honey. The constituents of the green and ordinary honeys respectively were: moisture 17.4, 18.4%; glucose 32.9, 32.3%; fructose 38.9, 40.6%; sucrose 0.2, 0.64%; dextrin 2.9,1.6%; ash 0.32,0.17%; nitrogen 0.092, 0.80%. The amino-acid content of both honeys is described. The green colour was due to the common food colourant, 44090 green S. Its source is discussed.