The Honey Bee that brings variety of Products to the Table
When the sweet nectar from the bee hives is extracted, they bring variety of products to the table full of nature's goodness.
Honey is a natural, unrefined, sweet fluid produced by honeybees from the nectar of flowers. It is 25% sweeter than sugar and consists of two simple sugars, laevulose and dextrose. It is 17% water and contains traces of the sugar maltose and sucrose, as well as vitamins, minerals, organic acids and enzymes. Because honey is mainly made of simple sugars, which are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, it is an instant source of energy.
The most common variety of honey comes from the nectar of clover. Other delicious varieties are produced from the nectar of canola, alfalfa, blueberries, sunflowers, fruit trees and wildflowers.
The colour of the honey depends on the type of nectar collected by the bees. Clover produces honey with the lightest colour and mildest flavour.
Buckwheat honey is the darkest in colour and strongest in taste. Creamed honey, which always remains smooth, is prepared by adding finely granulated honey to liquid honey and storing it in a way that controls crystallisation.This process ensures only small uniform crystals form in the honey so it remains smooth and easy to handle.
Comb honey is honey sold in its unaltered state - sealed in the wax made by honeybees in the hive.
Bees and the beekeeping industry are of the utmost importance to the health and vitality of Canada's agricultural industry and to the country's economy. Bees play an indispensable role in the pollination of the essential crops. In fact, bees are responsible for the health of $170M worth of crops in Ontario each year.
The average Canadian consumes a little over one pound (454g) of honey per year.
Bees must visit about two million flowers to make one pound of honey. To reach all these flowers, bees often fly a distance equivalent to a trip around the world, just to get enough nectar to produce a single pound honey. When a honeybee lands on a flower to collect nectar, it gets covered in pollen. The dust-like pollen clings to the hairs on the honeybee's body. When the bee visits the next flower, the pollen on its body brushes off against the female part (pistil) of that flower, leading to pollination - the fertilization of a flowering plant.
Bees also collect pollen and take it back to the hive where it is used as protein source necessary during brood-rearing.
Amazing, nature's food for all of us humans to enjoy and benefit health wise isn't it?
Buy natural unpasteurized honey sold by farmers or by their distributors in Ontario and support Canadian farmer and its economy.
Information reproduced from Lazy J Ranch (Kincardine)
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