An unusual honey colour resulting from bees feeding on factory wastes

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 26 (4) pp. 255-260
Date
December 1987
Article Title

An unusual honey colour resulting from bees feeding on factory wastes

Author(s)

Laurence Poncini, Franz L. Wimmer And Gail F. Sheridan Poncini

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Honey, colour analysis, honey analysis, feeding

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