Invasion Honey

100% Local Honey harvested exclusively from the Knotweed nectar

Our bees in North West NJ
Invasion Honey in the hive showing off its unique red color

Knotweed is a invasive plant species that flowers late August – early September during a time that nothing else is flowering in Northern NJ. This allows us at HarBee to single out and provide you with honey that is exclusively from the knotweed plant.

How we do it? It is easy, in July we harvest all the honey that the bees have made from May to that time. Then we add the boxes back onto the bee hives from them to fill with Knotweed honey. because knotweed is the only thing flowering with a rich nectar source the bees are only making honey from it.

Taste

knotweed honey is defiantly the most flavorful honey that we know of. Can be described as having a slight licorice flavor that accompanies the classical honey flavor.

Uses

Knotweed honey can be used for all the typical wild flower honey, but many use it to highlight the unique flavor. Founder Pat Harrison makes a killer sweet potato and Invasion honey.

The “Invasion” Plant FAQ

Is this contributing to the problem though pollination? It is hard to know if the honey bees that we are managing allows know weed to sped more through the service of population and even if it was there is little we can do. The only thing would be to move the bees out of the area during the bloom but that would make little sense since there are hundreds of invasive plant species.

So is knotweed a good thing? No not at all. We feel that beekeepers are the only people that are benefiting from the introduction of this plant. The beekeeper and the ecologist in founder Pat Harrison struggles the time of year the bees look so good because of knotweed.

We would suggest removing all knotweed plants in their infant stages to not allow it to take over, but if it is August and it is flowering let us make a little Invasion honey while this year’s battle is lost.

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