Honey = Pollen + Water + Nectar

After going through a 10 week Beekeeping class, Molly started educating adults and kids about pollinators.  To draw them in,  she offered honey tasting.  By teaching people about the different varieties of honey that exist, she helped them be more aware of how much we rely on honeybees and other pollinators.  If  they don’t like honey, they might not realize how important our pollinators are.  Honey is just one product of the hive.  Did you know that without pollinators, you might not have cooking oil, meat or cheese? 

We have chosen to extract each hive separately.  We must call all our  honey “wildflower”, though each has distinct flavor and color.  The bees fly a 3 mile radius from the hive.  As they don’t have gps that we can track, we cannot be 100% certain of the flora they are visiting in the area.  As you can see from the photo alone, all honey is not created the same.  Pollen, water or nectar differences can affect the color and taste. 

North Carolina has a unique ability to create “blue” honey.  Dr. Ambrose came to the conclusion that this was due to the minerals in the soil that seeped into the water that the bees collected.  Last year, we found “purple” honey. The purple color is not as noticeable due to oxidization.  This honey is our 2017 Blue Ribbon Jr Honey.