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Mead Series, Introduction to Mead, History Part Two

The history of mead is quite long. Seeing as how it’s origins are some twenty to forty thousand years ago I just skimmed the surface in my first post. Mead making was popular amongst the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and many European peoples so there is much to tell. As I described in my earlier post…

Mead Series: Introduction to Mead, Part One: History

This is the first in a series of posts on mead. The first discussion of mead will answer basic questions – what is mead? Where did it come from? In future posts I will go into the different styles, traditions, and present day interpretations. First, what is mead exactly? According to one viewpoint it is…

The Honey Bee Is The Glue That Holds It All Together

Working with honey bees gives you the unique opportunity to look inside a complex system of interactions. Some scientists classify a colony of social insects as a “superorganism.” This is because the members of the colony act with singular purpose. All of the activities of the individual are executed for the benefit of the colony….

Honey – A Delicate Crop That Begins with Nectar

I love to go to the farmers’ market. I really like the idea of buying my favorite fruits and veggies directly from the farmers. It is so much fun making tomato pie and feasting on strawberries, blackberries, and watermelon during summer months. I enjoy making stews using winter squash and root vegetables as we move…

Why Do Honey Bees Sting!

Did you know that approximately 1 in 3 people are afraid of stinging insects? These people become very anxious when in the vicinity of wasps, bees or any other stinging critters. Interestingly only about 2% of humans have life-threatening symptoms or reactions to stings. It is important to note that the venom that accompanies a…

How Do Honey Bees Communicate?

Honey bees belong to the scientific classification order hymenoptera. Maybe you remember a guy from your middle school science class named Carolus Linnaeus? Linnaeus was a botanist who lived during the 1700’s. He is credited with the development of the modern system of species classification lovingly referred to as binomial nomenclature. Now binomial nomenclature sounds…

Monofloral vs. Polyfloral Honey Varieties

Although there are many varieties, categories, and sub-categories of honey, all honey types can be divided into 2 general groups – polyfloral honeys and monofloral honeys. Polyfloral honey types are produced by honey bees using nectar from many different flower sources. Alternatively, honey bees produce monofloral honey types from the nectar of one flower species….

National Honey Bee Day

You may be asking yourself, “What in the world is National Honey Bee Day?” Let’s take a look! National Honey Bee Day was first celebrated on August 22, 2009 and was also known as National Honey Bee Awareness Day. National Honey Bee Day started as a grassroots effort designed to educate people about honeybees, beekeepers,…

What is Royal Jelly?

Here at the Savannah Bee Company we commonly use four different hive ingredients in our Health and Beauty product line, honey, beeswax, propolis, and royal jelly. Honey is a natural cleanser and skin softener. Beeswax protects the skin and prevents water loss. Propolis is known for its antibiotic and antiseptic qualities. But, what is royal…

Do Bees Get Too Hot During the Summer?

At Savannah Bee we are frequently asked how honeybees manage hive temperatures during hot summer months. Although bees are tolerant of temperatures well into the mid-nineties, they really do not like it much hotter. For resources or conditions such as light availability, water availability, and temperature all species have an optimal zone or range. At…

Exploring the Beehive

Exploration of the Beehive - Very simply, a beehive is the home of the honey bee colony. Technically speaking the term beehive refers to a man made structure designed to house domesticated honey bee colonies. Artificial beehives serve two basic functions as far as humans are concerned. They are designed to produce honey of course, but…

Let’s Meet the Honeybee!

In order to understand any living organism we must look and see “who” this critter really is. The term taxonomy refers to the scientific study of classification.  18th century, Swedish naturalist, Carolus Linnaeus developed the classification system binomial nomenclature which is still practiced universally today. His taxonomic system uses two names to identify every organism,…

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