Honey Forensics

Sehr interessantes, leider viel zu kurzes Posting auf Wired Science über Vaughn Bryant, der Honig-Fälschungen nachweist.

The honey trade has developed a top-shelf segment, with connoisseurs paying hefty premiums for certain makers and regions of origin. Sidr honey, made from the nectar of jujube trees in Yemen, can cost $50 a jar (about 10 times more per ounce than that stuff in bear-shaped bottles). Such prices have contributed to widespread honey fraud. Luckily, Bryant can tell if that Alaskan fireweed honey is just rebottled Sue Bee.

That’s because, in addition to being an anthropologist, Bryant is also a melissopalynologist, a scientist who studies pollen in bee products. He can ID a honey’s origin by analyzing pollen traces left behind by the bees who harvested the nectar.

The Hive Minder: Pollen Detective Sticks It to Honey Counterfeiters (via Notcot)