FAQ

FAQ

Below are some answers to important questions you may have pertaining to the beekeeping industry and related products.

Why does honey crystallize?

Crystallization is a natural process and all honey will at some point turn to sugar crystals. It all depends on the flower type the bee visited when gathering the blossom’s nectar. The floral source determines whether the honey will turn into a solid form more quickly or not. Some honeys while raw will stay in a liquid form for quite a while, while others will turn to a solid form within a few weeks. This is due to how stable the sugar crystal is in the nectar. This process does not mean the honey has gone off or will taste bad, in fact in certain instances you may like the crystallized taste even more. To turn it back to a liquid state, gently warm up the container in hot (not boiling) water. Honey doesn’t need to be stored in the refrigerator as it speeds up crystallization.

Why is most honey filtered?

All honey crystallizes eventually and raw honey more so than filtered honey. Filtering helps to delay the crystallization process, so that the honey can remain liquid for a longer period than unfiltered honey. Many consumers prefer honey to be clear and transparent and the presence of unfiltered material such as wax, pollen grains and air bubbles result in a cloudy appearance that can detract from its clarity.

 

Does honey have an expiry date?

Honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for a very long time, even decades. However, honey is susceptible to physical and chemical changes during storage as it tends to darken and lose aroma and flavor or crystallize. These are temperature-dependent processes, making the shelf life of honey difficult to define. For practical purposes, a shelf life of two years is often stated by packers, while properly processed, packaged and stored honey retains its quality for a long time.

Why are bees so important to us as humans?

Honey bees are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops, more than any other type of pollinating insects. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination by bees. Worldwide, honey bees are a critical player in the pollination of many native plants and the production of food, fiber, seed crops, fruits and vegetables. For some crops such as blueberries and almonds, it is said that they are largely dependent on honey bees. Honey bees also pollinate cattle feed such as lusern, so there are implications for the meat and dairy industry too. In addition, honey bees produce a number of valuable non-food products such as beeswax used in cleaning and beauty products, candle making and lip-ice . The average bee colony consists of 40,000 or more bees, of which 13,000 will be out during the day collecting nectar, pollen and water whilst the balance remain in the hive cleaning, ventilating, guarding and tending to the young larvae. As the size of the colony increases up to a maximum of about 60,000 workers, so does the efficiency of the colony. A honey bee colony typically consists of three kinds of adult bees: workers, drones, and a queen.

 

Why do different honeys taste/look different?

Honey comes in many colors and flavors – these are called honey varietals and they are determined by the type of flowers the bees visited for nectar. Some are light and sweet while others are dark and bold. The one is not better than the other, and it depends on personal taste as to the one that would best work for you.

How do bees pollinate plants?

As bees travel from blossom to blossom in search of nectar, they brush against the pollen-bearing parts of a flower (anther or stamen) and pick up pollen. When the honey bee goes to another flower for more food, some of the pollen from the first flower sticks to the second flower. In this way, the flowers are pollinated. Almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupes, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, sunflowers, watermelon and many other crops all benefit from honey bees for pollination.

How do bees make honey?

Honey is the sweet fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers. Worker honey bees transform the floral nectar that they gather into honey by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing the moisture.

 

 

How is the flavor or texture of honey determined?

The bees determine the flavor, texture, color and crystallization of the honey by which flowers they visit.

What does irradiated honey mean?

Raw Honey is unfiltered, unheated, and when food is irradiated it is exposed to high-speed particles or electromagnetic radiation, to reduce or eliminate food spoilage, and kill micro-organisms (in the case of honey the AFB bacteria) and insects.

What is Wild Blossom honey?

It is a broad term for honey derived from a collection of plants, and not a single plant type.

How do bees make honey?

Honey is the sweet fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers. Worker honey bees transform the floral nectar that they gather into honey by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing the moisture.