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Honey and Honey Bees

Honey bees spend their entire life pollinating flowers and making honey. Bees use pollen that they gather from flowers to create honey that the bees use to feed themselves. Beekeepers are responsible for removing the honey from the bees and using for human consumption.

After the beekeeper has collected the honey from the bees, removed the wax caps that the bees use to seal the honey in the honey comb and extracted the honey from the honeycomb it’s time to process the honey.

Not all beekeepers have process their honey.  Unprocessed honey is marketed with words like raw, unfiltered and natural printed on the label.  The words are different words to say unprocessed.  Beekeepers that choose to process their honey, should have it done as quickly after extracting the honey as possible.  The act of processing honey is making sure that the honey is heated and filtered.  Processing honey is a sticky and hot process, it is important that the person is patient and diligent.  The area where the processing is taking place should be kept clean and free of insects.  Before you start processing the honey crop make sure that all your equipment is dry.  Honey absorbs water.  Honey that has too much water in it will ferment.

Experienced beekeepers can look at a vat of honey and tell you what type of flower the worker bees were attracted to when they were gathering pollen.  They can do this by looking at the honey’s colour.  The type of flower the bees collected pollen from also affects the honey’s flavour.  Other factors like soil quality and honey comb quality can change the flavour of the honey.  On the average, lighter coloured honey has a milder flavour than darker coloured honey. There are approximately three hundred different varieties of honey produced in the UK and United States.

The plugs that bees use to seal honey into the honey combs can be used to make bee’s wax candles.

For the health conscious, honey is a great substitute for white sugar.

Honey that is still in the honeycomb has a more natural flavour then honey that has been extracted.  Extracted honey works best for flavouring teas and cooking.

Fans of natural healing have always been big fans of honey for medicinal purposes.  It is believed that honey is an excellent way to soothe sore throats, can help regulate blood pressure, burns, pressure wounds and infectious wounds.  Honey has been used by Chinese apothecaries to soothe aches and pains.  The Egyptians favoured using honey when they were treating wounds.  Even the Greeks and Romans left behind literature that spoke of the medicinal benefits of honey for curing various forms of illnesses.

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Why Honey?

Honey is a superfood

Honey is 100% natural.  It is healthier than sugar, nutritious, sustainable, versatile and delicious. 

Honey can even help prevent hay fever, it is naturally antibacterial and is a source of minerals.

Humans have been eating honey for thousands of years.   It’s a natural sweetener.

You should eat honey, too.

Local honey is better for you

Llangattock honey is made by bees who gather nectar from the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. 

They make wildflower honey because wildflowers grow right outside the hives; in the surrounding fields, on the banks of the River Usk, and on the slopes of the Black Mountains which overlook them.

The honey they make contains traces of pollen; if you eat it, it acts like a vaccine, making your body more resistant to hay fever.

Local honey is better for the environment

A thriving local bee population is essential for our environment. 

The bees pollinate plants around us, promoting biodiversity in our countryside, and keeping our hedgerows and fields healthy and fertile.

Only locally produced raw honey has these benefits; buying from a supermarket isn’t the same.  Mass-produced honey can be blended and filtered in ways which break the link with local flowers and lower the nutritional value.

We have 250 hives in Llangattock, Bwlch and on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain.

The bees are tended by Anthony Smith, who has been keeping them for six years.  Anthony says, “We like to think that if you taste our honey, you get a taste of the wildflowers and heathers which surround us.  We do very little to it; it is straight out of the hive and into the jar within 24 hours. What could be more local than that?”

If you buy Llangattock Honey, you will get the best flavour, the highest nutritional content, the very best of what is around you. Buy local, buy Llangattock Honey.