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Raw Honey Source

Tuesday, February 05th, 2008

Raw Honey is desired by many and rarely found in the marketplace. Raw honey is a perishable product and is sold soon after harvest. There are exceptions to raw honey being sold just in the fall.buy Gourmet Honey Now Honey has live enzymes that are valued as healers, promote good health and aid in the digestion process. So why is raw honey perishable? Yeast! Airborne yeast spores are everywhere on the planet including the Arctic. Some airborne yeast spores enter the honey when it is processed. The honey that is in the honeycomb and sealed COULD also have yeast spores. Yeast can cause the honey to ferment. Fermentation will ruin the honey. The solution to reliable sources of raw honey is in choosing a beekeeper that has CLEAN processing facility and one who stores capped honey still in the honeycomb to just before sale.

If you buy comb honey there is a 100% assurance that your honey is “raw”! If the comb honey is surrounded by liquid honey there is a 90% chance that the liquid honey is pasteurized. If the beekeeper has stored raw honey in the comb until just before selling the raw honey, there is a less chance of airborne spores contaminating the raw honey. This is one way that raw honey is sold after the fall harvest. If your beekeeper elects to offer comb honey, please realize what happened in his beehive. It takes over 8 pounds of honey to produce a pound of wax. All comb honey is sold in “new wax”, wax made the same year as the honey. Wax comb is normally reused every year, and will result in more honey to the beekeeper as no honey was used in wax production. These methods of caring for raw honey are deliberate extra work details for the beekeeper. If it is extra work then of course the price per pound of honey will go up. Is the extra money paid for raw honey worth it? Absolutely! The benefit to the body and your good health is the same as eating raw vegetables compared to eating over cooked vegetables. Raw honey has more nutrients, vitamins and enzymes than pasteurized honey.

Processing raw honey is the most expensive feats of processing honey. The honey does not exceed 125°. The viscosity of honey at this temperature does not allow the honey to flow as freely as 150° pasteurized honey. The honey will not flow freely through a commercial filter so the raw honey slowly runs through a strainer allowing pollen and some wax particles to be included in the raw honey. This is not an unhealthy issue but the clarity issue of raw honey will be less than the commercially processed honey. The taste of raw honey is fabulous! The floral nuances are preserved with a smell of freshness. If you get a chance to hug your beekeeper, do so and tell them how much you appreciate the EXTRA they do to bring you RAW HONEY. Your beekeeper can be stung an average of 3 times a day all summer long while plying the beekeeping trade.

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Raw Honey and still Gourmet?

Sunday, February 03rd, 2008

Raw honey is a honey that has not been pasteurized. Gourmet honey is a honey gathered from one source of flowers, processed separately from all other honey and bottled so that the honey can be enjoyed as a gourmet monofloral honey. buy Gourmet Honey NowThe first question is usually how do you get the bees to not mix the honey? Honey is gathered from the flowers that are flowing with nectar. All flowers do not produce nectar at the same time of day or the same time of year. The bees naturally store only one kind of honey in each honey cell. It becomes the beekeeper’s chore to know when the flower that is producing gourmet nectar is blooming, and then remove that box of honey when the floral source is finished. This is EXTRA WORK for the beekeeper! This is why each gourmet honey has its own taste, like wine, all honey DOES NOT taste the same.

Raw honey is preferred over pasteurized honey because the raw honey has all its natural enzymes that aid digestion and good health. The reason a beekeeper would not store all his honey as raw honey is the raw honey has airborne spores in it that could in time cause the honey to ferment. The honey would then have to be dumped. Most honey worldwide is cooked to 140° and is no longer a raw honey. This pasteurization of honey allows the sealed honey to be stored at 60° for at least 3 years without spoilage. Honey that crystallizes (turns solid) has not spoiled. All honey will crystallize, but can be returned to the liquid state by warming the glass bottle of honey in warm water not to exceed 125°.

Raw Gourmet Honey is one huge step further than just unpasteurized honey. Keeping the single flower source honey separate from all the other honey that the bees bring into the hive is a vigilant task performed by the beekeeper. Much more time and trips to the apiary are required in addition to labeling stored honey supers at the honey-house before extracting. If the beekeeper was to sell raw gourmet honey for $15 a pound it would still be a wonderful price compared to the costly efforts that went into presenting Gourmet Raw Honey to the consumer!

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Foreign bees monopolize prize resources in biodiversity hotspot: Immense numbers of introduced honey bees overwhelm native pollinators for access to pollen and nectar  Science Daily

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On , Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation he said will help bees by suspending the use of insecticides that are toxic to them. “Pollination.



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On Thursday, Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation he said will help bees by suspending the use of insecticides that are toxic to them.



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One thing local farmers don't want during the almond bloom is cold temperatures. Well, guess what?



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Between the Rows: Pollinators play important role in plants' propagation  The Recorder

We all know that many plants need to be pollinated to make seed, but not everyone knows just what pollen is, and which creatures do the pollinating. Pollen is ...



Abuzz in Richmond: Are bees really dying?  Richmond News

UBC Professor Leonard Foster speaks in Richmond Feb. 20 on why humans need bees and why they need us.



From the Extension: Easy practices to celebrate pollinators  Daily Commercial

I once heard an Einstein quote that stated if the bee were to disappear from the planet, the human race would cease to exist within four years. An alarming ...



The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Drones track bees to improve pollination and crop production  UAS Magazine

Can the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) commonly known as drones help bees become more efficient at pollination to increase agricultural production?



Why insect populations are plummeting—and why it matters  National Geographic

A new study suggests that 40 percent of insect species are in decline, a sobering finding that has jarred researchers worldwide.



Our 'bee-eye camera' helps us support bees, grow food and protect the environment  The Conversation AU

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Culprit found for honeybee deaths in California almond groves: Researchers and industry leaders working to stop insecticide use during bloom  Science Daily

'Fungicides, often needed for crop protection, are routinely used during almond bloom, but in many cases growers were also adding insecticides to the mix.



Citizen 'beecologists' digging into pollinator decline mystery  GazetteNET

When Larri Cochran sees a bee in the Northampton Community Garden, she does not avoid it. Rather, she whips out her camera to snap photos and videos.



MU study finds lack of effective policy to protect pollinators  The Maneater

MU professor Damon Hall looked at government policies around the country in a recent study addressing the decline in insect pollinators and found that while ...



This Humongous Bee Species Was 'Lost' For Decades, Beats Us How They Missed It  ScienceAlert

Looking at a picture of Wallace's giant bee, you wouldn't pick this insect as elusive.



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Using drones to track bees  Rapid City Journal

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Could recent weather affect SJ almond crop?  Stockton Record

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Rise in Beehive Thefts Could Hurt California’s Almond Harvest  KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento

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Honey bee day will be Feb. 27, 2019 | Local News  Oskaloosa Herald

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Watch this shy plant engage in some 'self-love' when it can't find any pollinators  Science Magazine

New form of self-fertilization caught on video for the first time.



Global insect decline may see 'plague of pests'  BBC News

A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world. The study says that bees, ants ...



A journey in bees through the seasons — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine  Bangor Daily News

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'Bee-eye camera' helps support bees, grow food and protect the environment  ABC News

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Strange but true: At least 7000 hives from Polk County — or approximately 420 million honeybees — are in California right now, buzzing around as they wait to ...



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Australian company specializing in bees taps into UND drone ...  Grand Forks Herald

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What's the buzz? The value of bees - The Money  ABC News

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DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors  Science Daily

Researchers have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. This newly developed eDNA method holds a vast potential for ...



Local Schools Among 10 Receiving Pollinator Grants  KDUZ/KARP Radio

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Community News: Nature Center continues pollinator lecture series (2/19/19)  Dickinson County News

The pollinator world goes far beyond bees and butterflies to include mammals, birds and even reptiles. Learn about a variety of worldwide pollinators during the ...



Here's What Honey Wishes You Knew  Reader's Digest

One spring day, thankfully not too long from now, once the flowers have begun to open, a bee will hover and zip through your yard and dive-bomb your picnic ...



A New Use for Quantum Dots – Tracking the Pollination Process  Photonics.com

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Mobile-phone microscope detects the 'silent killer' of honey bees  Phys.org

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To solve pollinator health crisis, state governments are key  Science Daily

For the first time, researchers have catalogued every pollinator protection policy enacted by state governments from 2000-2017. The resulting database of ...



Grasshoppers: They come, they eat, they … pollinate?  Mongabay.com

Attitudes toward grasshoppers and other leggy insects were immortalized in popular culture with Disney Pixar's 1998 animated hit “A Bug's Life.” “They come ...



February in California: Season for the Almond Bloom, Bees — and Bee Thieves  KQED

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Reason bees move to buildings [NSTTV]  New Straits Times

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Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators  The New York Times

Honeybees are under siege, straining the business of farming. Now growers are turning to other bee species to help their crops.



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Native bee guru Dr Tim Heard leads Missabotti workshop | Guardian News  Nambucca Guardian News

People want to know where their food comes from and understand pollination is the key.



Thousands of bees mysteriously dying in Christchurch  Stuff.co.nz

A week ago she found 20000 dead bees. She's collected ice cream containers full of them every day since.



Buzz over Aussie bees who produce our food  PerthNow

Global bee populations, responsible for producing almost a third of our food, are in sharp decline. Australia's bees remain relatively safe - but for how long?



Citizen scientists and bee populations  The Ecologist

Citizen scientists are collaborating with researchers across Canada and the United States to monitor the effects of neonicotinoids on bees.



Robotic bees could pollinate plants in case of insect apocalypse  The Guardian

Dutch scientists say they can create swarms of bee-like drones to take over if the insects die out.



Bees face yet another lethal threat in dicamba, a drift-prone pesticide  Grist

This story was originally published by Reveal and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The article was produced in collaboration with ...



While We Worry About Honeybees, Other Pollinators Are Disappearing - The Crux  Discover Magazine

A hyperfocus on the plight of hooneybees has left thousands of other species in the dark.



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Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other flower-visiting insects. Because of their supply of flowering plants and ...



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Blueberry bee pollination expo  Mirage News

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Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing  The Conversation - US

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7 Things You Should Know about Bees and Other Pollinators  Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

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Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest  NPR

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Fact check: Is two-thirds of Australia's food production reliant on bee pollination?  ABC News

Fruit and vegetable magnate Robert Costa says that two-thirds of Australia's food relies upon bee pollination. RMIT ABC Fact Check finds that to be overstated.



This Beehive app could boost Nigeria’s honey production  Ventures Africa

Serial Nigerian entrepreneur, Amaete Umanah has developed a monitoring system with his company Honeyflow Africa that allows beekeepers to monitor their.



TomatoFest Reports Loss of Honeybees and Insect Species Worldwide Threatens to Compromise the Food Chain and Foretells a Catastrophic Collapse of Nature's Ecosystems  PR Web

Little River, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2019 -- Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds, grower of more than 650 varieties of certified.



In the absence of bees, flies are responsible for pollination in the Arctic region  Science Daily

Most of the fauna in the Arctic region take part in pollinating, yet during the busiest flowering weeks, there's a shortage of such services. A recent study indicates ...



A bee economist explains honey bees' vital role in growing tasty almonds  The Conversation - US

Pollination by commercially raised bees is important to a variety of crops but none more than California almonds. In turn, beekeepers depend on them.



From gene editing to robotic honey bees: the pollinator crisis and new technology  Geographical

A tightening of restrictions on the insecticides known as neonicotinoids has brought hope that the decline in honey bees and wild pollinators can be reversed.



Article: Bee grateful this Thanksgiving for native pollinators  The Chesapeake Bay Journal

Many people do not realize that native bees have been pollinating the continent's flowering plants long before honey bees were brought from Europe. As bees ...



First-Ever Honey Bee Vaccine Offers Hope for Pollinators and Fruit Growers  Fortune

Scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed the first edible vaccine for honey bees.



This robot could help pollinate crops if we kill all the bees  Fast Company

Inside a greenhouse at West Virginia University, a robot is rolling down aisles of blackberry plants learning to act like a bee. Computer vision algorithms are ...



Pollinator Biodiversity  National Science Foundation

If you're moving pollen from one plant to another, you might be a pollinator. Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes: butterflies, beetles, birds, bats and even ...



Invasion of the 'frankenbees': the danger of building a better bee  The Guardian

The long read: Beekeepers are sounding the alarm about the latest developments in genetically modified pollinators.



Bee part of the solution to the pollination problem  Irish Times

Zurich startup offers each one of us the chance to help ensure the survival of the bees.



This Robotic Pollinator Is Like a Huge Bee With Wheels and an Arm  WIRED

In a world with too many humans and not enough pollinators, robots like the BrambleBee could help.



What 88 Bee Genomes and 10 Years of Studying Apples Tell Us About the Future of Pollinators - D-brief  Discover Magazine

Stroll through an apple orchard in bloom, and you'll be surrounded with the buzz of busy bees. But unless the farm manager has rented hives of domesticated ...



Insect protection law mooted by German minister  DW (English)

Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says concerns over insect extinction have prompted demands for better safeguards. New research suggests 40 percent of ...



The Super Bowl of Beekeeping  The New York Times

Almond growing in California is a $7.6 billion industry that wouldn't be possible without the 30 billion bees (and hundreds of human beekeepers) who keep the ...



Honeybees hog the limelight, yet wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinators  The Conversation - UK

Honeybees are responsible for only a third of crop pollination in Britain.



Solar Farms Shine a Ray of Hope on Bees and Butterflies  Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the ...



11 fascinating facts about bees, the most important pollinators  Rappler

One-third of food produced in the world depends on pollination, and bees hold the most important role among all pollinators.



Stronger pesticide regulations likely needed to protect all bee species, say studies  Science Daily

Regulators worldwide currently use honeybees as the sole model species failing to account for potential threats posed by agrochemicals to the full diversity of ...



Pollination Drones Seen as Assistants for Ailing Bees  Robotics Business Review

Pollination drones are being developed by researchers worldwide, copying biological designs to help farmers as bee populations decline.



Robotic insects could pollinate plants should bees collapse  Digital Journal

Bees, which perform the vital pollination role required for framing, are in decline. In case of an event that wipes out most bees from the planet, scientists are ...



Keeping honeybees doesn't save bees – or the environment  The Conversation - UK

It's no secret that bee populations are in decline across the UK and Europe. There has also been a fantastic increase in public awareness over the past few ...



14 Pollinator-Friendly Colleges That Have Us Buzzing  Sierra Magazine

Bee Campus USA-certified schools bring bees to higher education.



Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers  The Guardian

Urgent planting of wildflowers will attract pollinators and boost farmers' food crops, expert to tell UN.



The farmer wants a hive: inside the world of renting bees  The Conversation AU

Many fruits, nuts and other crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers at just the right time of year. Many farmers rent bees to get the job done at pollination time.



Flowers can hear buzzing bees—and it makes their nectar sweeter  National Geographic

Even on the quietest days, the world is full of sounds: birds chirping, wind rustling through trees, and insects humming about their business. The ears of both ...



Sorry, vegans. If you don’t eat honey, avocados might be off-limits, too.  The Washington Post

One thing that most sensible people can agree on — whether they're vegan, meat-eaters, paleo, keto or whatever food tribe they happen to belong to — is that ...



How to Protect Your Local Pollinators in Ten Easy Ways  Smithsonian.com

As the first annual World Bee Day looms, insect and garden lovers are abuzz with excitement.



Orchards in natural habitats draw bee diversity, improve apple production  Science Daily

Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural habitats.



Is the Key to Saving Pollinators … Honey Bee Semen?  Smithsonian.com

“I'm surprised it took you so long to ask,” Brandon Hopkins says with a laugh. The 35-year-old entomologist is preparing samples to be sent to the USDA ...



The secret to better berries? Wild bees  Phys.Org

Want bigger, faster-growing blueberries? New research shows wild bees are an essential secret ingredient in larger and better blueberry yields—producing ...



Planting more hedgerows and trees could help bees thrive once again  Science Daily

Planting more hedgerows and trees could hold the key to helping UK bees thrive once again, a new study argues. And researchers suggest artificial intelligence ...



I-76 Is Blossoming Into A Pollinator Highway For Colorado Bees, Birds And Even Flies  Colorado Public Radio

Soon the buzzing heard down the I-76 won't just come from cars, but from hives of pollinators too. The route connecting Denver to Nebraska is becoming a ...



Scientists create edible honey bee vaccine to protect them from deadly diseases  Fox News

The first-ever vaccine for insects now exists, thanks to scientists at the University of Helsinki in Finland hoping to save one of the most crucial pollinators in the ...


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