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Mad honey

We’ve encountered a bit of a tale today about bees, honey and rhododendrons. The story goes that as rhododendrons are poisonous, if bees feed on them enough then the honey that they produce will also be toxic.

Apparently, in ancient times the peoples living along the Black Sea used such ‘mad honey’ to poison the invading armies of Xenophon. And Queen Olga of Kiev is reputed to have done the same thing to drive off the Russian hordes.

Experts say that there is little evidence of any truth in this story, and there are certainly no recorded cases in recent times. But we found it interesting, nevertheless, so we thought we’d share it with you. Mad honey. Sweet.


Rhododendron - It'll drive you mad. Or perhaps not.

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