Posts Tagged: Honey and hive products

Mind Your Own Beeswax

http://beeinformed.org/2011/12/3060/

“Mind your own beeswax.” It’s a phrase we all heard growing up; at least I know I did from my older, more mature sister, whose level I could never quite reach. I was thinking back to a childhood memory the other day, in which I was told to mind my own, and wondered what beeswax…

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Certified Production in Honey Bees

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/certified-production-in-honey-bees/

  Product certification is a process designed to give some level of assurance to consumers that a product is produced under certain guidelines. In honey bees, we tend to most often think about USDA Organic certification of honey. However, there are other certification programs in honey bees including Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) and queens produced…

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Honey without Pollen

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/honey-without-pollen/

There has been an article circulating the bee world that I find really interesting and a bit disturbing. It is about how much of the honey purchased in stores lacks pollen. What happens is during the filtration stage of honey extraction, the company uses a really fine filter to remove anything that isn’t honey, so…

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Samoan Honey

http://beeinformed.org/2011/10/samoan-honey/

Dan Gordon, a hobby beekeeper and his wife, Becky, were kind enough to have me over for dinner last week. Besides cooking the best squash dish I ever had, he gave me a jar of honey. This was no ordinary honey. He purchased it from the only commercial beekeeper in the small country of Samoa…

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Propolis and Bee Health

http://beeinformed.org/2011/10/propolis-and-bee-health/

I talked a little about propolis, human health, how bees collect it here, but now I want to talk about propolis and bee health. If the bees can’t eat propolis, then why would they collect it? It is costly to bring back to the hive since it takes time and energy away from bees that…

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Propolis and human health

http://beeinformed.org/2011/09/propolis-and-human-health/

Poor Mike isn’t feeling so well this week. He likely has a cold. But on the positive side he can turn to our beloved bees for a bit of help. People all over the world use a substance bees collect to help treat colds, coughs, and general icky-ness: propolis. Some trees and plants excrete resins…

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Honey Extraction

Bees bring nectar from flowers back to their hive. The foraging bees give the nectar to other bees that put the nectar in the cells. The bees fan the nectar and pull droplets in and out on their tongues to dry the nectar. Once nectar is somewhere under 18.6% water (higher than that, the honey…

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Nectar Flow

http://beeinformed.org/2011/08/nectar-flow/

It’s August in Northern California and the nectar flow from the Yellow Starthistle is on… In fact, some beekeepers have already begun extracting honey. For those beekeepers trying to make pure Starthistle honey it’s important to have their bees in locations where there are few other nectar producing plants. Starthistle nectar and honey have a…

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Yellow Star Thistle

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/1272/

Since arriving here we have had the chance to meet and talk with a few of the beekeepers that we will be working with all year. We talked about many things including their bees, their operations, and the weather. The one reoccurring theme with all of them was talk of yellow star thistle. The yellow…

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