Monday, May 26, 2014
People all over America eat honey everyday, and some of them have no idea where it comes from? My father was a bee keeper and I learned a few bee secrets from him.
If you are one of those who think honey comes from bees, you’re correct!
In fact, it is bees that make honey, and they get their supplies from flowers, in the form of nectar.
According to my father Nectar is like a sweet juice. When a bee finds nectar, it does a special dance to tell the other bees where the nectar is.
Once the bees digest the nectar, they convert it into honey, and then store it in the honeycombs of the hive.
The bees move their wings very fast and the draft helps the honey to become thicker. Finally, the honeycombs are sealed with wax. When many bees do this, together they can produce a lot of honey.
At this point of honey making it was time for the bee keeper to come along and collect the extra honey. this was the fun part for dad and myself .
Our defense against the bees becoming angry and not wanting to give up their honey peacefully was a hooded Vail , some thick heavy clothing , a pair of leather gloves, a smoker that we filled with ole rags.
Setting them on fire and slowly giving a squeeze on the bellow every now and then to push the smoke out from the smoker into the hive where the bees were guarding their honey.
Bees don't like smoke so they are willing to vacate the hive and share their honey with you, of which we were most gracious.
If you have ever had a fresh home made biscuit with a dip of honey and some fresh cow butter on it, you probably know what I'm about to tell you.
It is very good eating to say the least .
In the Bible John the Baptist loved honey in fact the Bible says he actually lived on it for part of his diet.
And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:4
Hope you enjoyed our lesson in Honey making today, Bee's really work hard to make honey.
Its been said to make a pound of honey Bee's must collect nectar from two million flowers and fly more than 55,000 miles. "No wonder it taste so good."