As a child I enjoyed eating honey purchased from the local beekeeper. His honey was always comb honey and boy was that good. It was his honey that inspired me to help the bees and start two hives of my own. My first year of new experiences has just concluded with the extraction of a limited amount of honey. But what a reward. My bees done good!
Bee Good Apiary, located in Atlantic Highlands, was recognized by Monmouth County Fair as blue ribbon honey this past month. The Home and Garden exhibition gave a blue ribbon to the comb frame honey packaged in a round plastic disk. Each cell of honey was sealed by the bees, retaining the original flavor in its pristine condition just the way the bees like it. When consumed by humans, they can eat both honey and comb. Eating comb has nutritional value. It reduces bad cholesterol and reduces low density lipoprotein. Its antioxidants protect the liver and it helps reduce insulin resistance for Type 2 diabetes. An alternative to eating the comb would be to save it, make a candle and use it when the lights go out.
The second blue ribbon was for liquid honey in the division of light honey which is different from and not the same as amber or light amber honey. The judge evaluates two categories, 1.analytical: water content. 2. quality: defects, appearance, aroma and flavor. The taste of the honey has been described as light, clear and pure in flavor. The color was determined by the source of nectar the bees gathered from at the time that frame of honey was fill and capped. As the beekeeper, I called the nectar: Bayshore Floral. One bee goes to 500 flowers for pollen and 1000 flowers for nectar, making 15 deliveries to the hive in one day. That’s why we use the expression: Busy as a Bee!
The bees collect pollen and nectar from local plants such as goldenrod. Many people suffer from allergies, therefore eating honey helps develop an immunity to the local allergens. Bee Good Apiary has a passion for helping people within the three-mile radius, which is the bees’ territory, to be healthier because they eat local honey.
Bees also produce a resinous substance called propolis that they use to seal cracks in the hive wall. It has tremendous antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. By products of propolis are used topically to heal fungal infections, wounds and common cold.
There’s more to this story but we shall end with another expression: Its’ all good!