MINI Honey School with Red Bee Honey

It's a new year everyone! This year I am committed to writing more about honey as a way to share what I've learned over the years with each one of you. Have you noticed that there is so very little good information available about honey? Crazy? Considering honeybees have been making this liquid gold for thousands of years! Honey was always nature's raw, perfect and unadulterated sweetener until this century when the demand became much more than we actually produce. In reality, there is just not enough honey for everyone of us on the planet to enjoy fresh local honey everyday. Consider, 95% of beekeepers are hobbyist running 1-5 colonies of bees, a honeybee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her life. According to USDA reports, 2.67 million honey-producing colonies in 2017 generated1.47 million pounds of raw honey. According to the National Honey Board, per capita consumption of honey in the United States is approximately 1.51 pounds per year. It is no surprise that more than 50% of the honey sold is not pure. Much of it is imported, blended, cut, ultra-filtered, or pasteurized so that there appears to be enough for everyone. So if you're a honey lover and have questions about what you're putting in your tea, here are a few hard facts about honey...