Bees, Work, Honey

 

Honey is the sweet fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers. Worker honey bees transform the floral nectar that they gather into honey by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing the moisture.

 

Bees also manufacturer edible wax comb in the hive. The honey is stored in these wax cells (the honeycomb) in the upper parts of the hive. When the bees have filled each cell in the comb with honey the bees cover them with wax caps. At harvest time, the beekeeper extracts the honey from the comb and may also sell the wax for many products.

 

Bees are a social insect with a division of labor. There is one queen, 500-1000 drones and 30,000 to 60,000 worker bees. The queen may lay up to 3,000 eggs per day during the two years of her life. The worker bees are comprised of the sexually undeveloped female bees.

 

Another important function of the bee is the pollination of the blossoms and flowers. As they search for nectar, they transfer pollen from one flower to the next. Without bees there would not be any agricultural crops, fruit and so forth.

 

The (Natural) Honey Factory

 

 

Honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose and water. It also contains other sugars as well trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

 

Honey is "manufactured" in one of the world's most efficient factories, the beehive. Bees may travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey.

 

The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees' nectar source (the blossoms). We offer three varieties of honey: Clover-Alfalfa (light and mild), Cache Valley (darker with more flavor), Mountain Snowberry (mountain wildflower flavor).

 

How can you be more natural than being manufactured in a beehive by the bee?

 

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