Organic Honey and Other Bee Products

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Organic honey has become very popular in the market today and one of the reasons why the demand has risen is because the number of bees has declined globally. This is something that should concern us all because bees are very important; for instance, they are the largest pollinators in the world. To help with this issue, many bee farmers today are switching to the production of organic honey.

 

Organic honey is ‘clean honey’ so to speak. For a beekeeper to get organic honey as the end product, they have to control where the bees go to get their nectar. This is not easy because a bee farmer will have to be sure that all flowers that the bees get their nectar from are organic. Keep in mind that in one hour a honey bee can fly up to 15 miles. If you are an experienced farmer, then you know one thing that affects honey production is hive location; the less the bees travel, the better.

 

So, How Is Organic Honey Made?

 

Well, it’s made like all the other honey, but there is a catch. For honey to be termed as organic, it has to come from a bee farm that adheres to the organic livestock standards as per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This means that bee farmers have to follow and maintain a particular standard with regards to honey production, processing, and packaging.

 

Perhaps it has been hard for you to tell the difference between raw honey and organic honey. Now that you know what organic honey is, let’s talk about raw honey. Raw honey is unheated, unpasteurized, and unprocessed honey. Raw honey is honey taken straight from the extractor. It can also be obtained by straining and settling.

 

There are a lot of products that a bee farmer can get from beekeeping. One such product is organic bee pollen. Pollen is the food that young bees eat. Bee pollen is a product that is increasing in popularity, mainly because of its health benefits. Bee pollen is said to have almost all nutrients that are essential to the human body.

 

Bee pollen is said to contain, fatty acids, minerals, lipids, proteins, folic acids, bioflavonoids, enzymes, and carotenoids. One interesting fact about this is that bee pollen is, said to have a higher percentage of protein than beef or eggs of the same weight. Organic bee pollen can be consumed as organic bee pollen capsules or organic bee pollen powder. Some organic bee pollen benefits include protection against liver toxicity, acts as an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, improves the immune system, acts as a stress reliever, it’s a dietary supplement, lowers the risk of heart disease, and helps to prevent infections.

 

Another unique product that can be created from honey is honey vinegar. Honey vinegar is not common as a commercial product unless you live in Italy. It is common, however, to mix honey with apple vinegar. This mixture has been known by many as a natural healing product. Some common benefits of honey vinegar include helping in weight loss, enhancing blood circulation, improving digestion, and helping with skin rejuvenation and nourishment.

 

If you are looking to go into the beekeeping business, do not limit yourself to just producing honey. Expand your business by venturing into the market of other conventional bee products such as the ones mentioned above.

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