beekeeping
 

Honey

Honeybees spend their entire life pollinating flowers and plants to make honey. Bees use the nectar that they collect from flowers to create honey that the honeybees use to feed themselves.

After the beekeeper has collected the honey from the beehive, remove the wax caps that the bees use to seal the honey in the honeycomb, and extract the honey from the honeycomb. After collecting the honey you will have to process the honey for consumption.

Not all beekeeper's process their honey. Unprocessed honey is marketed with words like raw, areanic, unfiltered, and natural printed on the label. The words all mean unprocessed honey. Beekeeper's that choose to process their honey, should have it done as quickly after extracting the honey. This way it's fresh and completed in all one process.

The act of processing honey is making sure that the honey is heated and filtered. Processing honey is a sticky and hot process, it is important that you're patient and diligent. The area where the processing takes place should be kept clean and free of insects. Before you start processing the honey from the beehive make sure that all your equipment is dry. Honey absorbs water and if it has too much water in it will ferment. Thus, ruining your honey supply.

Experienced beekeeper's can look at a container of honey and tell you what type of flower the worker honeybees extracted nectar from. They can do this by looking at the honey's color. The type of flower the honeybees collected pollen from also affects the honey's flavor. Other factors like soil quality and honey comb quality can change the flavor of the honey as well. On the average, lighter colored honey has a milder flavor than darker colored honey. There are approximately 300 different varieties of honey produced in the United States all with their unique tastes and color.

The wax plugs that the honeybees use to seal honey into the honeycombs can be used to make bee's wax candles. So be sure to save the caps because you'll be able to find a buyer for them if you don't use them yourself.

Honey that is still in the honeycomb has a more natural flavor then honey that has been extracted. Extracted honey works best for cooking and spreading on biscuits.

People that believe in natural healing have always been big honeybee fans for using honey for medical purposes. It is believed that honey is an excellent way to soothe sore throats, can help regulate blood pressure, burns, pressure wounds, and infectious wounds. Honey has been used by the Chinese to soothe aches and pains for centuries. The Egyptians favored using honey for treating wounds. Even the Greeks and Romans left behind literature that spoke of the medical benefits of honey for curing various forms of illnesses.

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