Bee & Honey Facts
Honey never goes off if stored properly in an airtight container - it may candy if it gets too cold but it will quickly return to its liquid state if you leave it in a warm spot or stand in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. stirring occasionally. Honey is best stored at between 18 -24 degrees C.
To produce one kilogram of beeswax, worker bees will consume about 10 kilograms of honey, fly 480,000 kilometres and visit 66 million flower blossoms!
A single worker bee will only produce 1/12th teaspoon of honey in their lifetime. It therefore takes thousands of honey worker bees to produce a kilo of honey.
Each bee hive has between 30,000 and 60,000 worker bees with just one Queen bee.
Bees store honey to feed themselves through the winter but they make more honey then they need for themselves which gives us the opportunity to 'rob' the hives to obtain the natural raw honey.
What is Raw Honey ?
Pasteurised, Raw, or Organic Honey ?
We get asked this question all the time!
Many people think that honey is just honey but it's not the case.
Beelish Honey is pure Raw Honey that means that after it has been taken from the hive it has simply been strained to remove wax & pollen etc.—nothing else has been done to it.
Raw honey is honey that is taken straight from the hive and strained. It may crystallise as it has not been heated above 46 degrees celsius.
That's absolutely natural and if you stand it in a bowl of hot water and stir it will become 'runny honey' again.
Pasteurised honey has been heated to a level that can actually destroy some of the important nutrients that make honey so great.
Often this is done by larger manufacturers to mix together many batches of honey and get a consistent colour.
In contrast, organic honey is regulated by a strict set of guidelines that covers not only the origin of the bees but also the siting of the apiaries (beehives) and the food source of the bees. It is therefore very difficult (and expensive) to accurately determine.