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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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158 news items

The Daily News Online (blog)
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:11:15 -0700

We cut some comb this year to sell raw comb honey. This was an amazing experience. Keep the knife in hot water and it slices through the wax with hardly any effort. This is the perfect way to make sure you are getting raw, unfiltered honey that has ...

NBC 29 News

NBC 29 News
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:01:45 -0700

The students got an up close look at a display hive with hundreds of live busy bees inside, as well as a chance to taste a sample of fresh off-the-comb honey. "The color and the flavor of the honey actually comes from the particular nectar source from ...

Chillicothe Gazette

Chillicothe Gazette
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:42:27 -0700

•Williams Honey Bees (Dan and Cortney Williams): Local raw honey, comb honey, creamed honey, pollen, beeswax and beeswax candles. •Yankee Street Farm (Roger Graves): Tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, melons and beets. •Yoder's Greenhouse (David ...
Evening Standard
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 03:42:13 -0700

Our Bermondsey Street Honey is produced in liquid honey, 'chunk' honey - a piece of comb in a jar of liquid honey - and pure comb honey formats. The honey we produce for clients belongs to their own hives and terroir. Our brief from Soho House was to ...

Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:15:30 -0700

My husband and I have been extracting honey and collecting beeswax from our hives for quite a few years now. This year, we decided to try something new – producing comb honey. We were lucky enough to be in contact with a beekeeper who has produced ...

The Nation

The Nation
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:15:00 -0700

The set meal starts with Roast Iberico Pork Loin with Comb Honey. Here, the Japanese Iberico is marinated for hours before being roasted to perfection in the tradition of Hong Kong honey-roasted pork. The fillet sits on a honeycomb bed from Australia ...

Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:52:58 -0700

Rapaski hasn't been around to check on this particular hive in about a month. And now the bees have built a crazy, jagged, mini-mountain range of foot-tall honeycomb inside an empty bee box. “The good news is that it's what we call fresh cut-comb honey ...

Sioux City Journal

Sioux City Journal
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:45:21 -0700

Comb honey is good for your teeth and your digestive system,” she said. “A lot of people are taking the liquid honey and baking with it. It's also healthy and has some healing qualities to it. If you get a cold or a sore throat or something like that ...

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