I’ve recently taken some late honey from two of my hives, and one of them has produced honey with quite a bitter lingering aftertaste. Almost like grapefruit bitterness. Not really to my taste, but maybe some people like it.
I’ve had bitter honey from a fellow beekeeper before some years back - it was a little different - but their belief was that the bees had been feeding on ivy.
Then there’s honeydew honey, which sounds a lot like what I’ve got (though I’m not sure how dark this batch is, and I’ve read that honeydew honey is usually quite dark). Seems that we’ve certainly had a lot of bugs around this summer, including aphids and maybe others that may produce honeydew. I can’t seem to find mentions online of honeydew honey in Australia though.
Anybody else have any ideas on what may produce a bitter honey in Canberra?