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A Taste of Honey

Honey Tasting

If you attend the 95th annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 18 and stop by Briggs Hall between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you'll get a taste of honey. In fact, six tastes of honey. Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen, a 32-year member of the UC...

Honey Tasting
Honey Tasting

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION APICULTURIST Eric Mussen (center) answers questions about honey at the annual honey tasting table at Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Varietals
Honey Varietals

HONEY VARIETALS include alfalfa, avocado, basswood, blueberry, buckwheat, clover, eucalyptus, fireweed, orange blossom, sage, sourwood and tupelo. This poster will be displayed at Briggs Hall during the 95th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on sage
Honey bee on sage

HONEY BEE on salvia (sage). Sage honey, primarily produced in California, is rich and light with a cloverlike flavor and "an elegant after taste," according to the National Honey Board. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Bee well

UC apiculturist Eric Mussen graciously spoke to Madera Tribune reporter Ramona Frances recently when she sought information about the medicinal properties of honey.

Mussen is known for his expertise on honey bee colony management, pollination, mite control and insecticide damage. Having already logged 30-plus years of honey bee research, Mussen is well-versed on findings that the pollinators produce more than a delicious, amber sweetener.

"Honey is extremely good for burns and wound healing as a whole," Mussen is quoted. "But you are not going to get many medical professionals to say this. If something goes wrong, they would rather avoid a suit."

Mussen also spoke about propolis, a resin bees extract from plants to fill cracks in their hives to stop drafts. In the lab, it has proven anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

"Most people who have ulcers have a bacterium problem," he told Frances. "We didn't know that for a long time; we know that now. We have seen it (honey and propolis) knock out organisms in a petri dish, but what happens in your stomach - we don't know."

Eric Mussen
Eric Mussen

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 10:16 AM
Tags: bees (73), honey (41)

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