Did you know that beekeeping was developed due to the need for light?
Although many cultures already consumed honey, beekeeping has its origins in Roman times, when the extraction of wax from old honeycombs to make candles began.
What does it mean that honey is raw and unfiltered?
That the honey is extracted and packaged without any process that alters its natural state, therefore, we bring the honey to your table directly from the honeycomb.
Did you know that honey is like wine?
Honey is like wine, you can taste in each variety its flavor, aroma, texture and color according to the flower nectar that the bees have extracted. Therefore, for us, it is very important to identify the botanical origin and give you the opportunity to learn about and educate yourself on the subject.
Liquid or crystallized honey?
Naturally, honey crystallizes... this depends on a series of factors that have a significant influence on the way it becomes solid: the proportion of fructose and glucose, temperature, humidity and pollen.
The consistency of the honey (liquid or hard) depends on the packaging time. Freshly packaged honey, which is found in Chile in summer, is more liquid and over time (2-3 months) it will crystallize and become harder and creamier.
How can I make liquid honey?
If you want it liquid, we suggest you warm it between 30 and 40 degrees max, in a pot in a bain-marie.
How to know that it is 100% honey and not adulterated?
Put a tablespoon of honey in a glass cup, pour very cold water and shake the glass circularly (make a whirlpool)
What dissolves quickly is processed sugar or substitutes to give volume to Honey; what does not break down is honey.
It is always important to buy directly from the producer.
Why Queen Mother?
Because we are producers of 100% of the honey we sell, we do not resell. We are responsible for our production and the care of our bees.
Did you know that honey is immediate energy?
Honey is a well-known food when it comes to providing energy, since it is a fast assimilation carbohydrate due to its composition: glucose and fructose.
Glucose provides an immediate burst of energy and fructose provides sustained energy over time as it is absorbed more slowly. It is very good for breakfast, at the beginning of the day or before training, as it combats fatigue. It helps strengthen muscles and is good for the heart.
Honey or sugar?
Although the caloric intake of sugar and honey is the same, the calories in sugar are "empty", while honey provides numerous micronutrients, that is, it is a healthier option.
How long does honey last?
Honey does not have an expiration date, the reason is the large amount of sugar it has and only 17% water. It should be stored in a cool place and never exposed to the sun to preserve its properties. Like the honey found in Cleopatra's tomb in perfect condition.
Did you know that you can use honey to minimize allergies?
Honey and its thousands of qualities never cease to amaze! Honey can be helpful in minimizing seasonal allergies, especially if you consume local honey produced from native flowers.
When is world bee day?
To raise awareness about the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN declared May 20 as World Bee Day. Bees and other pollinators - such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds - allow many plants to reproduce, including many food crops.
How long do bees live?
The queen lives 3 to 5 years.
Worker bees live 6 weeks during the spring, summer, and fall and up to 4 to 5 months during the winter.
The drones die shortly after they mate. Maximum duration 4 months.
Can there be 2 queens in a hive?
Each family of bees is made to have only one Queen.
On certain occasions and due to their natural processes, it may be that more than 1 or 2 are born as well. Some of these natural processes are when a family swarms or when bees decide to renew their Queen.
Do you know what the favorite color of bees is?
The violet! Bees can clearly perceive ultraviolet colors, invisible to our eyes. We know that while humans perceive colors with three types of cone-shaped photoreceptors (blue, green and red), in bees the color spectrum is shifted towards ultraviolet and red is a color they cannot see. This allows them to orient their flight according to the position of the sun or according to the polarization of light from the sky. Flowering plants take advantage of this fact to their advantage: they deposit pigments that reflect ultraviolet light, invisible to the human eye but detectable by bees.
Did you know that honey has been used as a cosmetic for centuries?
Like Poppea, Nero's wife, used it to make her face smoother, or Anne of England, who used it to keep her hair shiny.
What does transhumant beekeeping mean?
We practice transhumance beekeeping. This means that we move the hives when the flowering of the central zone ends to the flowering of the southern zone so that they continue foraging.
These transfers are carried out at night when the bees are in lethargy. Going to sleep in a place where there is no more nectar and waking up where there is a lot of flower ahead is something that fascinates them!
What did Einstein say about bees?
“Life without bees would be a global disaster, man would only have four years to live. Without bees, there is no pollination, no grass, no animals, no men”
How do bees produce honey?
Worker bees are the ones that produce honey in a very complex teamwork. "Carrier" bees suck nectar from flowers and store it in their second stomach (specially designed to store honey). Once they reach the hive, they deliver the nectar to the "chewing" bees. The chewing bees collect the nectar and chew it for about 30 minutes, in order for the enzymes to transform the nectar into a substance that contains honey along with water. After chewing, worker bees spread the substance into combs. When this chain of work is finished, other bees seal the cells of the combs with wax.
Do all bees produce honey?
Not all bees produce honey. The best known are the “Apis Mellifera” bees, being only 9 of the 20,000 documented species.
They are organized in a hierarchical structure in which the distribution of work prevails.
Why do hives have 2-3 floors?
Because the lower floor is the brood chamber and it is where the bees live and have their reserves that we will never touch. Instead the 2nd -3rd floor is where the bees gather and collect the honey that we can harvest.
Is it true that the bees are dying?
The truth is that all pollinating insects are dying, such as butterflies, blowflies, and this is largely due to the urbanization of the land and intensive agriculture. So let's take care of our planet!
What is the function of the bee in nature?
The vast majority of plants reproduce by seed. Inside each fruit there is a seed but for that fruit to have been formed there must have been a flower that was pollinated by a bee. 75% of crops worldwide depend on bee pollination,