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Comb honey production using Ross Round style equipment: center comb is complete, right in progress

Comb honey is honey, intended for consumption, which still contains pieces of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb.

Before the invention of the honey extractor almost all honey produced was in the form of comb honey.[citation needed] Today, most honey is produced for extraction but comb honey remains popular among consumers both for eating 'as is' and for combining with extracted honey to make Chunk Honey. Hobbyists and sideliners can best develop their beekeeping skills by producing comb honey, which they can easily sell for several times its value as extracted honey. Comb honey production is more suitable for areas with a prolonged honeyflow from dutch clover, alsike, and yellow clover. Wooded areas are not very suitable for comb honey production, as bees tend to collect much more propolis, which makes the harvesting of comb honey much more difficult. This problem has been largely circumvented with the adoption of specialized frames which prevent accumulation of propolis on saleable units.

Hive management[edit]

Beehive with Ross Round style comb honey super and frames exposed

Populous honey bee colonies are usually reduced to single hive bodies at the beginning of the honeyflow when one or more comb honey supers are added. Comb honey can either be produced in wooden sections, shallow frames, or Ross Rounds. The successful production of comb honey requires that the hive remain somewhat crowded without overcrowding, which leads to swarming. Young prolific queens help rapid colony population expansion with less likelihood of swarming. Caucasian Apis mellifera bees are often preferred for their tendency to keep a constricted brood nest and for their production of white wax cappings, making more attractive honey combs.


  • The Hive and the Honeybee, Chapter 16 The Production of Comb and Bulk Comb Honey by Carl E. Killion, 1975 published by Dadant & Sons
  • The New Comb Honey Book, by Richard Taylor, 1981, Linden Books
  • Honey in the Comb by Eugene Killion, 1981, Dadant & Sons

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6 news items

The Herald Journal
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:50:33 -0700

Bees At River Heights. John Zsiray. Ben Huntzinger shows a section of comb honey to fourth-graders in Renee Nicholls class at River Heights Elementary on Monday afternoon. (John Zsiray/Herald Journal). Previous Next. Bees At River Heights. John Zsiray ...

Bowling Green Daily News

Bowling Green Daily News
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:06:17 -0700

Hepner sells comb honey by the jar and chunk honey, which includes just the comb with honey still in it, at the SKY Farmers Market. Think tomato from the vine. He said the difference between local honey and store-bought honey is like the difference in ...
Morrow County Sentinel
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:22:30 -0700

Comb Honey is the jewel of the beehive. It has a uniquely delicate and light taste because it is still inside the wax. Spread on toast it is the first time the honey is exposed to air. This uncompromised freshness is the purest, rawest form of honey ...

Tama News-Herald - Toledo Chronicle

Tama News-Herald - Toledo Chronicle
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 23:11:15 -0700

Dale was there with light to dark honey, comb honey, creamed honey, and bee pollen. Chuck and Ginger had pies, kolaches, breads, eggs, potatoes, butternut, hubbard, pink banana, acorn, and crushaw winter squash. They also had egg plant, peppers, ...

Kansas City Star

Kansas City Star
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:03:25 -0700

He sells honey, comb honey, bee pollen, beeswax and starter hives, all of which come from his own hives. Many people use honey and bee pollen to try to control allergies. That only works if you use honey made from the local pollens to which your body ...
Otago Daily Times
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:28:36 -0700

The Paparoa Bee Co produces organic comb honey, cream honey, pollen and beeswax for the local market and exports about 10 tonnes of honey to the United States annually. ''I am the only person able to export the organic honey to the US under manuka,'' ...

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