Did You Know?
Why we don't sell comb honey.
Although many people request comb honey, we no longer offer it. The
reason is simple. In good conscience, it's no longer a luxury we can
afford if we truly care for our bees. Collecting comb honey compels a honey
bee colony to expend an enormous amount of their precious energy to rebuild
from scratch. Instead, we only extract the fluid honey from a rigid frame
of comb and return that intact comb to the hive. On the same day, in fact,
during a heavy nectar flow! Someday, we hope, when our honey bees are not in
such peril, we'll be able to savor the delicacy of comb honey again. That
time is not now. Thank you for understanding.
- Did you know that a queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, and can live from 2 to 5 years?
- Did you know that during the summer honey production season that a worker honeybee only lives for about 6 weeks?
- Did you know that 100% of all worker honeybees are female?
- Did you know that a worker bee produces only 1/12th of one teaspoon of honey in her lifetime?
- Did you know that as much as 40% of all food crops - for humans as well as livestock - are dependent on pollination by honeybees?
- Did you know that California almond growers needed 400,000 more hives of honeybees for pollination than were available in 2004?
The queen bee inside the hive is frequently surrounded by her attendants, while she is being fed, groomed, or is laying eggs. This position of the worker honeybees around the queen bee is traditionally called a 'Crown of Bees'.
- Did you know that honey is healthy? The following information is taken from, "The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods", Michael Murray, N.D., 2005
- "Honey is a source of Riboflavin and Vitamin B6. It also provides iron and manganese. A 3-1/2 ounce (100 gram) serving of honey provides 304 calories, mostly as 82.4 grams of carbohydrate, almost all of which is sugar, 0.3 gram of protein, and 0 grams of fat. However, honey is most likely to be consumed by the tablespoon (15 grams) which provides 64 calories, 17.3 grams of carbohydrate and 0.1 gram of protein." (pp 649-650)
- "Honey, particularly darker honey,... is a rich source of phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids, that exert significant antioxidant activity. A recent human trial showed that daily consumption of honey actually improves blood antioxidant levels and help prevent lipid peroxidation." (p 650)
- "The wound healing properties of honey may be its most promising medicinal quality... Another study examined the wound-healing benefits of honey applied topically to patients following cesarean section and hysterectomy surgeries. Compared to the group receiving the standard solution of iodine and alcohol, the honey-treated group was infection-free in fewer days, healed more cleanly, and had reduced hospital stays." (pp 651-2)
- "Honey is an excellent source of readily available carbohydrate, a chief source of quick energy." (p 651)
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