When discussing what our next new product would be, honey was a no brainer. By stocking honey from a local beekeeper, we are keeping in line with our ethos of supporting small business. I reached out to Simon from Save The Bees Australia, a few reasons for this, the first being that he is my cousins bestie and secondly because as having been a single parent before I can appreciate and admire his balance of work and parenthood and building a brand for himself.
There's a few things that I'm hoping to get out of my first blog experience, one of them being to learn quite a bit about bees and the honey industry.
Once in Bali, I asked a lovely old lady working in the rice fields how she gets the rice out of the grass, she demonstrated by picking the grass up, removing the grain and putting the grass back into the ground. All that for one grain of rice? I vowed never to waste rice again because I had never thought about the value of her time. All those times I put the excess rice I cooked straight into the bin and never thought about the hours it took for my old friend to harvest.
Well, same goes for bees, they work incredibly hard, in fact, their little wings flap a whopping 200 times per second creating that beautiful buzzing sound. In their lifetime (all 6 weeks), one singular bee will produce about a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey. So picture that next time you smear honey on your toast.
Theres also the flip side that bees will produce the honey regardless and we need to encourage it as much as possible for the good of our planet. We've all seen The Bee Movie right?
For our fruit and vegetables to fruit and seed, bees must pollenate, basically this means the bees takes a male component of a male plant and sprinkles it on the female bits of a female plant. (The bees reference of the birds and the bees saying maybe?)
The point is, we need bees in our life.
So what happens to the bees when they come into contact with plants that have pesticides on them?
It will result in either death of the bee itself or that bee will return to the hive and contaminate the whole colony and result in mass bee death.
For our beekeepers it means loss of income.
For us this means less food for humans forcing prices of food and honey to drive up. We all want affordable food for our families right?
Romy touched on what happens to plants that have been in contact with pesticides in our first ever blog called Heal Thy Confusion.
So what to look for in a honey?
By eating raw honey (honey that hasn't been heated or pasteurised), we can fuel our bodies with vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties and promotes digestive health. By eating local honey you can also strengthen your immune system and give it the defence mechanisms to fight allergies to your environment.
So basically raw local honey is the only honey you should be consuming.
What not to look to in a honey?
All commercial honeys are going to be finely strained and heated containing no nutritional substance. Avoid them at all costs.
Simon is currently in a legal battle......... he is being sued by Capilano, that's right, you read correctly.
Not sure where to source your local honey?
Australia’s whole honey industry is under threat from imported honey. Imported honey could carry viruses such as foul-brood and may be toxic due to pollution.
We are now stocking Save The Bees raw honey!
You can find it in our 'Extras' or 'Sweet Things' collections on the website now 🙂
Photo by James Geer @jamesgeer