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Learn some more about bees & honey

1/  What is the percentage of plants (food crop and wild flowers) that depend on the work of Bees and other pollinator ?

Answer: 80%

4 out 5 food crop and wild flowers depend at least to some extent to pollinators to grow and produce!

In order to be able to feed the world’s growing population, we need ever more food, which must be diverse, balanced and of good quality to ensure the progress and well-being of humankind.

The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends directly on bees, i.e. every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.

2/ What is the percentage of the world bee species that have disappeared since the 1990?

Answer 25%

Unfortunately Bees are not the only insects disappearing, it is a global phenomenon of catastrophic magnitude. If you were driving in the evening 20 years ago your car will be covered with insects of all sorts, nowadays most of the time your car will be clean….

Another study conducted in Germany has shown that flying insects have declined by 75% in 25 years!

The decline does not have one single cause, but threats include land-use changes for agriculture or urbanisation, which result in the loss and degradation of natural habitats. In addition intensive agriculture leads to homogenous landscapes and the disappearance of diverse flora, reducing food and nesting resources.

Pesticides and other pollutants can also affect pollinators directly (insecticides and fungicides) and indirectly (herbicides).

Particularly dangerous for honeybees are invasive alien species such as the yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina) and diseases such as parasites. Another factor is the changing climate with rising temperatures and extreme weather events

3/ How many species of bees exist in the world?

Answer: 20 000

They come in all colours and sizes, the smallest one is about 2mm and can be found in Australia and the biggest one reaches 4 cm and can be found in Indonesia.

Most don’t produce honey but they all are equally important for the eco-systems!

4/ What is the Queen’s role in the bee colony?

Answer: To make babies

The queen is the only bee in the colony that lays eggs, at the peak season she can lay up to 2500 eggs a day, she will mate only once in her life with male bees ( Drone) and spend the rest of her life laying eggs!

5/ How many flowers do bees need to visit to produce a kg of honey?

Answer: 4 million

A single bee can visit up to 7000 flowers in one day! But it will take on average the nectar of 4 million flowers!

6/ How many bees has, on average, a colony during the peak season?

Answer: 35 000

This number can fall to an average of 5000 during the winter, in the summer a worker bee will live only 4 to 5 weeks! In the winter, the colony stays inside and swarms around their Queen to keep warm. Workers born in fall can live up to 2 months, the Queen will live an average of 2 to 3 years.

7/ How many months can honey be kept after production before it spoils?

Answer: It never spoils

When sealed in an airtight container, honey is one of the few foods known to have an eternal shelf life. There are even reports of edible honey being found in several-thousand-year-old Egyptian tombs. Honey’s longevity can be explained by its chemical makeup: The substance is naturally acidic, rich in natural enzymes and low in moisture, making it an inhospitable environment for bacteria.

On our jars you will find a “best before” dated 3 years after the harvest, it is just indicative, you can enjoy it many years after that!

8/ High Quality Honey is rich in:

Answer: Antioxidants

Honey contains no fat, fiber or protein, although it has trace amounts of vitamins, Honey numerous health benefits come mainly from its high content of important antioxidants. These include organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids.

Scientists believe that the combination of these compounds gives honey its antioxidant power

9/ What does Raw Honey mean?

Answer: It has not been heated or filtered

Queens do not produce honey; their sole role is to make babies! As for cooking and baking we strongly encourage you to replace sugar with honey, it is far healthier for you!

Most Honey found in supermarkets are heated and filtered so they remain liquid and easy to pour, unfortunately this process destroys most of the antioxidants and enzymes beneficial to your health.

Raw honey may crystalize, it means it will go from liquid to solid, that does not alter its qualities at all! Not all honey will crystallize (like our Summer Flower Honey) but most do, it has to do with the type of pollen found in it!

 

We will be adding more bee data, stay tuned for more!

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