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Post  llama momma on 9/2/2013, 2:00 pm

I saw Camprn's pic of yummy looking fresh honey in a jar with a chunk of honey comb.  I've heard some say you can chew it like gum or eat it with cheese for example.  I've never had it but doesn't the queen lay eggs in the honeycomb?  Therefore I'm confused, what prevents the consumer from eating babies or what is a good way to enjoy honey comb?
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Post  camprn on 9/2/2013, 2:30 pm

The queen only lays eggs in the brood nest not in every single cell of the hive. The comb that you saw in my photo was comb that was drawn this spring and immediately filled with honey then capped by the worker bees.

As to eating it, slice a chunk off and pop it in you mouth, you can chew until the honey is gone, spit out or swallow the wax. You can put it in tes, the wax will melt and the honey will dissolve as usual. Serve with a nice cheese tray with nuts, dried fruits and crackers. It is especially good with a nice bleu. Spread on toast.

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Post  sanderson on 9/2/2013, 2:35 pm

When I was a child, I would cut a chunk, let most of the honey drain off, back into the jar, then chew the honey comb until all the honey was gone. Memories . . .

I think the open-cell nursery comb and closed-off honey storage comb are separate combs.
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Post  walshevak on 9/2/2013, 2:40 pm

@sanderson wrote:When I was a child, I would cut a chunk, let most of the honey drain off, back into the jar, then chew the honey comb until all the honey was gone.  Memories . . .

I think the open-cell nursery comb and closed-off honey storage comb are separate combs.  
Yep, wartime chewing gum. I remember it well.

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Post  llama momma on 9/2/2013, 2:52 pm

Terrific thank you.  I'll be at a local honey festival this weekend.  Think I'll look for jars with honey comb and try some.
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Post  camprn on 9/2/2013, 2:53 pm

@llama momma wrote:Terrific thank you.  I'll be at a local honey festival this weekend.  Think I'll look for jars with honey comb and try some.
Maybe there will be samples at the fair! What a Face 

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Post  llama momma on 9/2/2013, 3:02 pm

@camprn wrote:
@llama momma wrote:Terrific thank you.  I'll be at a local honey festival this weekend.  Think I'll look for jars with honey comb and try some.
Maybe there will be samples at the fair! What a Face 
I wouldn't be surprised if they gave out samples.  I admit I just learned there were many beekeepers in this area that participate. This particular festival has become popular with attendance going from 2 to 10+ thousand in just a couple of years and going from a one day event to two, where other types of festivals in the area struggle to continue at all.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/2/2013, 3:16 pm

When I was a kid, it was common for store-bought honey to have a small piece of comb floating in it. I haven't had it in ages, but remember it was wonderfully delicate but chewy, a really cool and unusual texture.
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Post  camprn on 9/2/2013, 4:21 pm

If anyone here doesn't know what we are talking about, this is it. Chunk honey is comb honey with liquid honey poured over it.


Or comb honey.

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Post  bnoles on 9/2/2013, 6:00 pm

That is some awesome looking honey in those pics camp!

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Post  camprn on 9/2/2013, 6:22 pm

@bnoles wrote:That is some awesome looking honey in those pics camp!
Thanks, the top one is mine, the bottom one from the web because I don't have any good pics of my own comb honey this year.

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Post  Pollinator on 9/2/2013, 9:28 pm

@llama momma wrote:I saw Camprn's pic of yummy looking fresh honey in a jar with a chunk of honey comb.  I've heard some say you can chew it like gum or eat it with cheese for example.  I've never had it but doesn't the queen lay eggs in the honeycomb?  Therefore I'm confused, what prevents the consumer from eating babies or what is a good way to enjoy honey comb?
Normally the queen is kept in the brood box by an excluder over it. The excluder has perforations large enough for worker bees to pass through, but the queen, with her egg-swollen abdomen cannot. All boxes above the excluder are "supers" and they could be designed for comb honey or for extracted honey. At any rate, there should not be any eggs or brood in this, unless the excluder is broken.

Comb honey is great on hot toast, bagels or biscuits, as it melts right in. Or it can be eaten directly as a snack. I've often scraped off burr comb from a frame and popped it into my mouth while working bees - one of the benefits of bee keeping.

Wax is natural fiber. We need natural fiber in our diet, so there's no harm at all in eating it.
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Post  bnoles on 9/3/2013, 6:28 am

All this talk of honey and combs has made me want some. Good thing the Fall festivals start up around here this weekend as I will be looking for a jar of honey with a comb in it. Cool 

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Post  plantoid on 9/3/2013, 4:19 pm

@camprn wrote:If anyone here doesn't know what we are talking about, this is it. Chunk honey is comb honey with liquid honey poured over it.


Or comb honey.




Here in the UK  we have several classes of cut comb , sometimes it has honey poured over or around it to make  up the weight of the carton .  Other times it has just been put in neat and the little bit of honey that seeps out the broken edges levels out on the bottom of the cartonif it is sold as a portion rather than a given weight .

One of the most highly prized cut combs of honey ( three to four times more expensive than that of every day honey ) is that of honey from the heather moors  .Sea shore area  heather honey is even more expensive and seems to equate to liquid gold in  prices .

It is dark ,  thick ,absolutely delicious and very very expensive , for the bees literally beat themselves to death during a heavy nectar flow  flying in & out the heather to collect the nectar and pollen on warm  windy days thus ruining many a hive in the process. 
 I've often  had to end up uniting two or sometimes three or four hives after they have been on the heather and feed them like mad to get them through the winter.
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Post  plantoid on 9/3/2013, 4:27 pm

@Pollinator wrote:
@llama momma wrote:I saw Camprn's pic of yummy looking fresh honey in a jar with a chunk of honey comb.  I've heard some say you can chew it like gum or eat it with cheese for example.  I've never had it but doesn't the queen lay eggs in the honeycomb?  Therefore I'm confused, what prevents the consumer from eating babies or what is a good way to enjoy honey comb?
Normally the queen is kept in the brood box by an excluder over it. The excluder has perforations large enough for worker bees to pass through, but the queen, with her egg-swollen abdomen cannot. All boxes above the excluder are "supers" and they could be designed for comb honey or for extracted honey. At any rate, there should not be any eggs or brood in this, unless the excluder is broken.

Comb honey is great on hot toast, bagels or biscuits, as it melts right in. Or it can be eaten directly as a snack. I've often scraped off burr comb from a frame and popped it into my mouth while working bees - one of the benefits of bee keeping.

Wax is natural fiber. We need natural fiber in our diet, so there's no harm at all in eating it. 



Laughing Don't eat too much for the wax in the comb , the wax &  certain pollen sources used in making the wax are  also highly effective natural laxatives .  ( guess how I know ??)

 If your prone towards diabetes it will also have the same effect if you over indulge
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Post  kellymadi on 10/12/2013, 3:51 am

@llama momma wrote:I saw Camprn's pic of yummy looking fresh honey in a jar with a chunk of honey comb.  I've heard some say you can chew it like gum or eat it with cheese for example.  I've never had it but doesn't the queen lay eggs in the honeycomb?  Therefore I'm confused, what prevents the consumer from eating babies or what is a good way to enjoy honey comb?
Are you scared off that you'll eat eggs or what?? Hey,, we often used to eat fish, meat etc then even if you'll eat those honey eggs then its not like the bees would kill you,, man,,, Razz   Razz  Razz  rofl 
sorry I was just kidding,,
See, in honey comb there are tow parts like one is for queen and remaining are for the worker bees and the queen used to just lays eggs in the brood nest that to not in every cell and the worker bees used to collect the Manuka honey,, and regarding how to eat then try it its just like a crunchy chewing stuff that you'll definitely enjoy a lot.
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Post  llama momma on 10/12/2013, 5:48 am

@kellymadi wrote:
@llama momma wrote:I saw Camprn's pic of yummy looking fresh honey in a jar with a chunk of honey comb.  I've heard some say you can chew it like gum or eat it with cheese for example.  I've never had it but doesn't the queen lay eggs in the honeycomb?  Therefore I'm confused, what prevents the consumer from eating babies or what is a good way to enjoy honey comb?
Are you scared off that you'll eat eggs or what?? .....sorry I was just kidding,,
Oh hey that's fine!  Funny isn't it?  Yeah, the thought of eating bee eggs for some reason was intolerable and grossed me out.  The same way as when my son said many mornings he is served an entire fish with head and tail on a plate for breakfast in Japan. Back to bees - I have since bought a jar of comb honey and enjoyed the waxy goodness for the first time in my life.  Wonderful on toast.
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