The Secret Lives of Honeybees: How Honey Gets Made

Jacqueline Raposo interviews Marina Marchese of Red bee Apiary Honeybees are fascinating: Each bee colony can house as many as 80,000 bees during the busy flowering season. Each colony has a single queen—the only sexually developed female of the colony—whose primary job is to mate with male “drones” in her colony and lay eggs. Those

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Simple Changes: The Sweet Life

October’s glow is much like that of honey, don’t you agree? The goldenrod is blooming in all its glory, and although the garden is waning, the sunflowers are hanging onto those last bits of sunshine. Our hives are still abuzz with activity, just the other day, I spotted some pollen being carried back to the

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A peek behind the scenes at Red Bee’s Honey Harvest

Everything I Knew About Honey Changed When I Tasted it Fresh from the Beehive… “I will never forget my very first taste of fresh honey straight out of the beehive. Almost fourteen years ago a neighbor, Mr. B., invited me to his apiary to meet his honeybees. I was apprehensive about the offer. I thought

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Facts and Myths about our favorite sweetener, HONEY

With all the buzz about disappearing bees and the emergence of many new beekeepers, honey is finding its way onto our daily table and becoming a part of our food culture. Here we share with you a few facts to demystify the common preconceptions about our favorite sweetener.   1) Honey never spoils and never

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Bee Season is Finally Here!

Red Bee Apiary’s Annual Hiving of the Honeybees Imagine a world without apple pie, chocolate, coffee. No vanilla ice cream sprinkled with almonds, no granola bars laced with cranberries and honey and no pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving! This is just a short list of the foods that would not be available without honeybee pollination. A

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This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love with Honey

Did you know that in ancient Greece and Rome, honey symbolized fertility, love and beauty? It is said that Cupid dipped his arrows in honey to fill a lover’s heart with sweetness and tradition dictates that newlyweds should devour honey on the evening of their nuptials to insure fertility and a long life together. It’s

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Holiday Merriment & Jubilation at Red Bee Honey

What do our honeybees do during the winter?  Lots of people have different ideas about what honeybees do in the winter. They ask us questions like “Do you bring the bees inside? Do you put a heater in the hive? and the best,  Do we knit tiny sweaters for them?” Don’t think we haven’t thought

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Land of corn syrup and honey? Some producers are blending, filtering, diluting

The Splendid Table American public Radio Listen Here Star thistle, buckwheat and blueberry are all honey varietals, individual honeys from particular plants. But how do you choose one? And what makes these different from the honey in the bear on supermarket shelves? The honey’s origins, says Marina Marchese, co-author of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting,

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A Bee Pollinated Thanksgiving ~ Our Favorite Recipes

You’re cooking up a swarm in your kitchen, preparing the most celebrated meal of the year and yet did you ever think that the apple pie in the oven would not be possible without honeybees? Bees pollinate just about every fruit and vegetable we eat on Thanksgiving Day. What would our Thanksgiving tables look like

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Savor Your Garden’s Bounty – Infusing Honey

September is traditionally a time to harvest our garden’s bounty. A great way to extend the season and to enjoy herbs, fruit and flower petals is by infusing them in honey. While it’s difficult to improve on nature’s goodness when it comes to pure honey, infusing honeys with fresh herbs creates complex flavor profiles and

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