~ A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh
Have you ever given much thought to the honey you buy? Like where it came from or how it was actually made? I’ve spoken about honey now and then in this blog so since now is when much of the nations honey supply is being gathered by beekeepers from coast to coast, I thought you may be interested to see how it all works.
Bees gather the flower nectars and bring them back to the hive.
They mix the nectars with enzymes from their saliva and deposit the liquid in the cells. Then they evaporate some of the moisture out of the nectar by fanning their wings in the hive. When the moisture content is just right they cap the cells with wax for lengthy storage. In the photo above, the white stuff is the wax cappings over the ripe honey. The cells in the background contain honey that still needs some evaporation and/or filling.
Then I scratch off the wax cappings, put the frames in an extractor and spin the honey out by centrifugal force.
The honey is then sieved to remove bits of wax and decanted into jars.
Isn’t it beautiful? I think it is. And it is ever so sweet and wonderful to eat. Just ask Winnie the Pooh.
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Bee on Chive photo courtesy of Pat Chissus
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