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Blue Quandong - Australia


#1

I was wondering if anybody has had experience with the pollen/nectar that comes from the Blue Quandong (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaeocarpus_angustifolius) ? I have a number of these rain forest trees coming into flower and the bees (and Lorikeets) are going absolutely mad over the flowers. It is like the sound of a swarm of bees coming from each tree at the moment and I’m a little sorry I only started with one hive as the flow super is filling up fast and most frames are in the process of being capped after starting from a split 3 months ago.

I’ve seen a lot of pollen coming into the hive and can only assume that these flowers carry a lot of nectar as well - I did some googling but didn’t come up with much information from a bee keeping perspective.


#2

Hi Paul, you might be able to make yourself some Blue Quandong jam after the fruit ripens.


#3

Hi Jeff,

I did see those recipes - I think the fig birds and the Satin’s will probably stake their claim first and harvesting may be an issue as the canopies are a little high for those without wings :wink:


#4

Ah well, sounds like you’re lucky to have them so close anyway. I’ve been enjoying some mulberry & pineapple jam I recently made


#5

Did you find out more about the nectar and pollen of blue quandong?
Ours started flowering too and the bees love it.


#6

Haven’t turned up anything yet. Just anecdotal - the lorikeets are going mad over them as well as the bees so I am guessing they must be good for nectar and the pollen is a bonus. This is the first time I have seen lots of pollen turning up on the corflute board so they must be a little overwhelmed with the amount that is coming into the hive. Will have to see how the honey tastes when I get to do the first harvest!