Bee My Honey
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Author: Sarah Myers, Bayer CropScience North American Bee Care Center apiarist and event manager
We want to talk about one of our favorite sweet treats – honey! Honey is made by honey bees, some of the smallest, yet hardest-working creatures on the planet. These remarkable insects facilitate 1 of every 3 bites of food we eat – food that is necessary for a healthy, nutritious diet. While bees do a lot more than make honey, we appreciate their labor to produce this delicious syrup.
Whether you enjoy honey as a natural sweetener in your tea or poured over warm biscuits, without honey bees, this tasty treat would cease to exist. Honey bees work tirelessly to produce their liquid gold. Actually, bees must visit more than 2 million flowers and fly more than 55,000 miles to make just one pound of honey!
In a world where everything seems to get more complex, harvesting honey is an “all natural” process from the hive to the extractor to the bottle. Flower nectar is collected by bees, naturally broken down into simple sugars and stored in honeycombs. Beekeepers collect the honeycomb frames and scrape off a layer of wax made by bees to seal off open honey in each cell. After removing the wax, the frames are placed in an extractor where the honey is spun. Centrifugal force pulls the honey off the frames and to the bottom of the extractor. The honey is then often strained and bottled, ready to pick up at any local market.
Sarah Myers enjoys a jar of fresh wildflower honey from the first extraction at the North American Bayer Bee Care Center.
While honey may be most widely used in a cup of tea, it has several other benefits and uses. Honey has been used as a throat soother for the common cold, a quick energy booster before that big game and an ingredient in moisturizing personal care products when winter brings dry skin. It is now a hot ingredient in the kitchen. Check out these 15 buzzworthy honey recipes
Watch this video to learn how we bring honey from the bee to the bottle at the Bayer Bee Care Center – and enjoy seeing the first use of our brand new extraction equipment. This wildflower honey was extracted during National Honey Month in September!