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GRANULATION OF ALFALFA HONEY.
Lack of Body and Proper Manipulation
the Cause of Granulation—Alfalfa and
Sweet Clover the Honey-Produc
ing Plants of the Future.
HY EMEHSON TAYLIU ABHOTT.
I liave read with corsidrnlile int( rest
Mr. Aikin's article on alfalfa honey; but
as bis experience and mine me not in full
harmony, I wish to make a few remarks
on Hie subject.
There are some iliiutrs which occur un
der Uie op< r ition of what we call natural
laws will) that unerring crrlainty qrhiffa
enables us to any posi'ively that they are
so and so, but the gninulatien of honey
is not one of them. The reader will more
thoroughly understand what I meun
when I say that I now have in my pos
session alfalfa honey of list year's crop
which has shown no Mj»ns of granulat
ing. T have had alfalfa honey from the
same parly, Mr. Oliver Foster, of Los
Animas Cdl , for a number of years',
and my experience witli it lias hern in
variably the same.
1 know that, generally speaking, al
fuffa honey granulates very quickly ; but
I am inclined to tliink this is due more
to the way the honey is handled than to
any inherent tendency in the nectar of
the alfalfa plant. lam well aware that
there is a wide variation in the body and
appearance of the honey found in the
open market which is known as "alfalfa."
I am not inclined lo think this difference
resulls from the locality in which the
nectar is produced. I think it was Dr
Miller who offered the Raggett ion that al
falfa frc-m different localities might show
different charactcrislscs; but I hardly
think this is true if the hoi ey is abso
lutely pure alfalfa and is handled in the
s-une way. I think that the variation in
color is due almost, if not entirely, to the
fact that the nectar of other flowers has
been mixed with that of the alf.Jfa. The
'body" and flivor of the boupy in due
largely to the method of handling it.
Especially is ibis true of the ' body," a
very important factor in the make up of
a fine quality of extracted liQney. [am
also of the opinion that the tendency to
granulation is largelvdue to hick of
"body." This is strikingly ill us
trated in the bass void honey in my own
slate, when it is thrown out of ihe combs
before it has been thoroughly ripened by
the bees. In a word, I incline to the
opinion that ihe great tendency to yanu
lnteflhown h\ extracted alfalfa honey is
due to improper manipulation, and I
would advise the o'her extracted honey
producers to take a few lessons from Mr.
Kos'er, ami to work for quality rather
than quantity, and then they will not
s;iy that all alfalfa honey will granulate
RANCHK AND RANGE.
in a very short time. I know from ex
peiience that it will no*.
1 do not think I here is an\ liner huiiey
in the word than exlrncted alfalfa fthtfl
it is prop'rly handled from start to fin
ish. It is tlie only honey that I have
ever seen that can be used for general
sweetening purpntd Without spoiling the
flavor and disirable qua'i'ies of some
articles of food into whiih it is put. Es
pecially is this true- of a,l drinks, such as
lea or coffee, which, by the way, I sel
I look upon alfalfa and another num
ber member of the same family, sweet
clover, as the honey produving plants of
the future. The honey produced from
the nectar of these two plants is very
much alike, as is also their habit of
growth, even IbtHlgb o; c is a biennial
and the other a perennial. Opinions
seem to difli'r about as widely as to the
merits of sweet clover honey as they do
as to altalfa; and I am inclined to think
that ibis aLso results from a mixture of
the nectar of other flowers with that of
melilot. All of the pure B\\eet clover
honey that I have ever seen (and I hive
had 001 nidetable experience with it) has
bi-en unif rtiily of the best quality. —
A LATONA BEE-KEEPER.
At Btatlle the other day a reporter
noticed in a grocery store some very fine
Bfimplfl of extracted honey put up in
patent jars that held one and one half
I ounds each. Upon each jar was print
ed neatly the name of R. J. Cole, Lanto
na. Inquiiingof the proprietor of the
store it wi.s found that each jnr was sell
ing at ictnil for 2-5 cents and the demand
was very brisk for the honey with the
brand of Mr. Cole. Desiring to iniet
this progressive bee-keeper the reporter
A Complete Stock of Bee-Keepers' Supplies.
Famous Morse hive (Ist prize ;it state fair), foundation, smokers, section presses, founda
tion fiisteners, spur wire imbedders. veils, honey shipping <; iscs, etc.
FRUIT AND BURST BOXES OF ALL KINDS.
PIONEER LUMBER CO.. *- NORTH YAKIMA. WASH.
ThG Old ContonrLieil Hoiisg
MRS. NELLIE ROBERTSON, PROPRIETOR.
Good Rooms, Good Beds, Good Meals. Kates, $1 per Day.
Rooms and Meals, $4.50 per Week.
The patronage of the public is respect fully solicited.
took la the ever ready wheel and rode
out to the little suburb on the ed^e of
Lake Union. Mr. Cole was discovered
b;:sily at work forming the nucleus for
queen raising, but this did not deter him
from cordially greeting and cheerfully
aceceding to the nquest of the reporter
for information r.s to his little industry.
He has 141 hues and not a mongrel
bred bee on the place. They are all pure
bred I'alians of the first water. His
great ppeemltv is rearing purebred queens
and his ambition is to become the supply
depot for queens of ttie Northwest. Only
a few days ago he shipped to ('has. Lee,
Yakiina City, a fine queen.
"It is just as essential tt> breed bees
properly " he said, 'as it is live stock. I
select carefully my breeding stock from
among my best and strongest hives."
About a third of the apiary is devoted
to queen rearing and the balance for
honey. He intends ibis year to run
mostly strained honey, as he has estab
lished his product in the market and has
no trouble in selling it all at a good fig
ure. It was hard work getting it intro
duced, he s«3S. because people in Seattle
generally looked wMi suspicion on honey
that was not in the comb, believing that
it was adulterated. He used to coax the
people to try it and the stores at first
found it hard to sell it. But it is the
other way now, and lie finds the demand
for I.is product continually increasing.
Cornett & Watt, near North Yakima,
are Increasing their apairy to 100 colon
ies. They say their bees pay them more
proportionately lhan their orchard —from
what the Sound commission men they
ship to teH us they receive a very good
price for tbeii fruit.
All sudden motions or jars tend 10 irri
tate bees. Gentleness is a great ees"ii
tial to success.