I frequently pass a honey store and educational bee farm that I thought was just a personal residence and felt uncomfortable venturing inside. This past weekend I worked up my courage and gave them a ring. I am very glad I did because it turned out to be a very special and unique Pacific Northwest experience (it was raining, but that did not stop the adventure). The lady at the shop shared with us her passion for bees and honey. I did not realize that honey is flavored depending on the type of plant it visits. Of course it seems obvious to me now that honey would taste like blackberries because the bee obtains the nectar from a blackberry bush. I also learned how to make creamed honey for spreading. And I learned that most honey one would buy at the grocery store is made from bees who live off of sugar water. There is a catch here. Currently due to abnormal weather patterns and overuse of pesticides, the bees do not have access to the necessary amount of nectar producing plants. To combat this shortage many bee enthusiasts feed the bees sugar water to ensure that colonies survive. So, honey made from bees that live off sugar water does not contain the healing properties of a good, local honey, but many are finding that without the sugar water the bees would not stand a chance. We bought three bottles of honey: blackberry, fireweed and rasberry and have enjoyed all three over the weekend.
Uses For Honey
- In teas to help relieve allergies
- In face masks and body scrubs as a moisturizer and anti-bacterial
- As a sweetener