• 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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  • 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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