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26-02-2011, 01:34 PM
Had a nice surprise a breakfast this morning, naturally the phone was charging so I couldn't get a snap. On the table was a huge deep langstroth comb of honey! Lovey thick honey fresh off the frame.

28-02-2011, 05:14 PM
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Full on blurry cam photo I'm afraid.

28-02-2011, 05:23 PM
And while I was on my travels around the city I thought I'd seek out some honey for sale:

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Comb honey in one of the local markets. These all seem to be cut comb of various different sorts. 78TL a kilo for the most expensive loose comb stuff (31!)

And some more from the same place:

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And in the spice market I came across some more, though this is more of a tourist market. Even so, 12 a pound for honey, I wouldn't say no to being able to sell mine at that price:
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There were a lot of sections in evidence as well, this is the first time I've actually seen them used in anger and a couple of places making the point that they used no foundation (artificial wax) in the sections.
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01-03-2011, 01:47 AM
That is some price for cut comb! On the other hand, our local association treasurer sells a full super of naturally drawn comb of suburban flower honey to a hotelier for 200! It mostly gets used on cheese boards in the restaurant apparently.

I see that the Turks are happy to sell comb that has not been properly sealed.

01-03-2011, 07:53 AM
Seems that way, they seen to price a section based on the weight and the aesthetic. A full section, completely sealed gets the best price which seems to be about 25TL and it goes down from there.

01-03-2011, 05:21 PM
[edit]figure I probably should point out that I'm aware that uncapped honey might have issues other than aesthetics.

03-03-2011, 06:07 PM
Totally unrelated to beekeeping or honey but I managed to get married in Istanbul this afternoon! And I thought I was mad for taking on bees.

03-03-2011, 06:11 PM

03-03-2011, 06:49 PM
[edit]figure I probably should point out that I'm aware that uncapped honey might have issues other than aesthetics.

So it somehow induced you to get married?

03-03-2011, 09:50 PM
Brilliant! Well done young man.

May you both raise lots of healthy brood and be able to stash away lots of stores.