Honey: How is it Made?
Honey is a sweet and vicious fluid produced by honeybees. The honey bees fly millions of miles, A honeybee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection flight. In order to produce 500g of honey, approximately 2 million flowers must be visited.
Honey is made from lots of nectar producing flowers. The honey is stored for use for food by the bees in times when flowers are not being produced such as winters. Local climates, soil type and density of nectar bearing flowers affect production of honey.
Selective breeding by hu8mans has produced bees that overproduce honey.
Honey bees are Science’s greatest mysteries because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years. The honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.
Inside a hive you will find:
Queen bee – breeding – largest bee in the colony
Drone bee- male bees – stingless with bigger eyes
Worker bee sterile female- produce wax comb and collect the nectar to make honey
Honey bees live in colonies mained fed and transported by bee keepers
Modern hives made of rectangular boxes which enable transport between crops for pollination.
To havest honey, they removed framed combs and cenrufuge out the honey.
Beekeepers use a bee smoker to keep the bees calm when working with the bees.
Honey is composed of sugar and minerals mag potassium calcium sodium chlorine and vitabims c and b
Types of honey
Acacia honey – light mlid and sweet
New Zealand Honey
English Clover Honey
Manuka honey is termed ‘the healing honey’ with the thepetic properties of Manuka honey has been well documented and much research has been carried out at universities across the world.
High in antioxidants – darker better
Native to new Zealand, Manuka honey has powerful antiseptic, antivural and anticbotic qualities.
Manuka honey is available at different strengths or unique Manuka factors (UMF) starting from UMF 10 to UMF 25. Eat a teasppon half an hour before eating a meal or if its too strong have it dissolved in warm milk
Seasonal allegeies – hayfever
Sore throat anti microbial to heal raw tissue and antibacterial
Drink with lemon juice
Honey comes different colours and flavour de[ending soil and flowers used.