Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Bee Round --- Up

Well this day is done.. My oh my lots of box bees to hive up.. But the lovely orchards here are all good to go now . These hives are bound for the cherry orchards in this county.

Here are a few photos I snapped..

Top--> my friend Maryann checking the bees that we are hiving up.. To the right here--> is a group of the new bee keepers watching the old pro's show them the in's and outs of the boxing of bees technique. :-) A trailer full of hives we have to fill, and the pit fire started Friday night so we could have our lovely pig barbecued.

Oh was it yummy!!!!

I am a tired Bee Charmer, so I need some rest for all the fun stuff tomorrow.
But here is some Honey Information that may be useful...

Sparkling honey coated moon beams


There are over 300 different varieties of honey produced in the United States, each having it's own distinct color and flavor.
The characteristics of honey are determined by the different floral sources from which the honeybees gather their nectar.You may think of honey as just a natural sweetener, but there are many more redeeming qualities than just great taste! Pure, unprocessed honey is loaded with good stuff such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. No wonder honey is known as the "ancient healer"!

• Honey is antimicrobial due to it's high sugar content, low pH and the presence of organic acids (Use it to treat cuts, scrapes and burns as well as to prevent scarring!)
• Honey is high in carbohydrates and is therefore a great energy source.
• Honey contains the vitamins B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.
• Honey contains the minerals calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
• The natural antioxidants found in honey are chrysin, pinobanskin, vitamin C, catalase and pinocembrin.
• Unprocessed honey contains enzymes that are considered essential for good health!
• Generally, darker honeys and those with higher water content have stronger antioxidant potential. The antioxidants identified thus far in honey are pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin and galagin. Pinocembrin is unique to honey and found in the highest amount relative to the others. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), catalase and selenium are also present.
• Diabetics must control their total intake of carbohydrates, not the type. Therefore, honey may be included in a diabetic diet. They must, however, comply with the medical regime and diet instructions prescribed by their individual healthcare providers to keep blood sugar levels under control.
• Honey is used as a hair and facial treatment due to the fact that it attracts and retains moisture. Take the time to read: "Honey You're a Natural Beauty"!
• Using honey in your baked goods will keep them moist for a longer period of time.
• Honey never goes "bad". It is slightly acidic and, therefore, not conducive for bacterial growth. • Honey is the only food produced by insects that is eaten by man!
• Honey is good and it is good for you - it belongs in your medicine cabinet as well as your cupboard!