There have been reports of strange looking honey in some regions this year. Purple and green may look cool, but when it is honey produced in France which should of course be honey coloured, it is puzzling.
Each batch of honey has its own unique taste and colour. It may normally only have slight variations but they are there for the discerning palate and eye. Honey is after all dependent on where the bees have been in their search for pollen.
The latest puzzle was solved however when the source of the colouring was found. It turned out to be the contents of various waste disposal units. One offender has been identified as M&Ms. You know those brightly coloured chocolate sweets or candies covered in a hard sugar shell. They are yellow, red, green and more. Now it seems they are responsible for tainting the honey. Bees thrive on sugar and it appears are not as selective as we may have thought. Rotting sugary products are just as tempting as brightly coloured blooms.
The strangely coloured honey is said to taste fine but is unsaleable. We would have thought that it could be marketed as a "cool" looking honey and have done a roaring trade. However it will probably not pass rigorous health and safety testing.
In France where the M&M contamination took place the problem has been identified and resolved. A nearby company which was turning organic waste and food industry residues into gas fuel has moved its previously uncovered storage tanks indoors. The bees have now returned to flitting from flower to flower instead.
We should never underestimate the power of bees. We rely heavily on them to survive. Apart from producing delicious honey they pollinate plants in a unique way. If there were suddenly no more bees the process would be a nightmare for scientists. Yes it could be done synthetically but at a huge cost in time and money.
Next time you swat at a bee consider its huge value to this beautiful planet of ours. Instead of a swat salute it as it goes about its vital work.