Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pure Local Raw Honey

The bigger bee in the center is a drone, a male honey bee.  He developed from an egg that has not been fertilized. He cannot sting, since the worker bee's stinger is a modified ovipositor (an egg laying organ)

Remember our little honey making friends that live on the hill? On the last day of the herb class, some of us took some honey mixed with honey comb and bee parts home. Yes, sometimes the bees drown in honey unfortunately.

Doesn't look too appetizing with bee parts floating in there

I placed the big chunks of honey comb in a tea leaf strainer and then put the strainer over a clean glass jar. Pure raw honey dripped down from the comb. The comb turned mostly white after all the honey dripped out. After I gathered all the honey from the comb, I pour the rest of honey through the strainer to filter it. The end product is pure golden raw honey. I want to save it for special occasions. How often can you say that you have met the bees that made your honey?

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