The honey liars

Honey connoisseurs pay hefty premiums for certain honey makers and regions of origin. Such prices have contributed to widespread honey fraud.

Vaughn Bryant loves to drizzle a little honey into his cereal. He’s not alone—the average American slurps some 20 ounces of the stuff a year. But Bryant’s passion goes deeper. The Texas A&M anthropology prof moonlights as a honey detective, helping keep counterfeit product off the market.

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.

For more, see: The Hive Minder: Pollen Detective Sticks It to Honey Counterfeiters

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