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  • Bee on Pollen

    Pollen – benefits for bees & humans

    Pollen is an extremely important part of honeybee nutrition and provides bees with proteins, vitamins, lipids, and minerals. The protein in pollen makes up most of the protein consumed by the bees and the many amino acids therein are vital for numerous functions in the bees’ bodies. The amino acids are classified into two groups: …

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  • Pollen & Nectar

    Feeding bees, why do we do it?

    Early on in my beekeeping days I received a text-message from an acquaintance who had bought a year’s supply of honey from me. It went something like this:
    ‘Hanna, can you swear, hand on heart, that your honey is not just sugar water that you have fed to your bees?’

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  • Honeycomb

    Fake honey

    There is a lot of talk about fake honey and adulteration of honey. And for good reasons too. Honey is one of the most faked foods in the world, often making it to the top ten of the common food fraud lists. You will find reports about fake imported ‘honey’ made up from syrup with added colourants and hear about honeybees kept in enclosed environments and fed syrup to invert into honey.

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  • Softset Honey

    What is soft set honey and how is it made?

    It is often said that the Irish prefer clear, runny honey, and while this may be true, many of us foreigners prefer granulated or soft set honey. It might be a cultural thing, influenced by the type of forage available and the cuisine of different parts of the world, but there is definitely a growing taste for ‘different’ honey here, including soft set honey be it multi- or monofloral.

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  • Beekeeper’s Salve recipe

    Simple 1:1:1 Beekeeper’s Salve recipe

    I love beeswax. I love the smell as it melts and burns, the different colours, how it feels to touch and on the skin. I love it for its waterproofing qualities and for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. But most of all I just love it because it is pure, it is natural, and I know exactly where it comes from: my very own honeybees.

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