As some of you may already know, Mum has recently become a bee keeper and we now have our first batch of honey! Unfortunately for me I can only have it when my blood sugars drop but I can assure you it's absolutely delicious. Mum has written a few words below about the world of bees...
"Holly has kindly lent me her blog this week, so I can talk about bees!
I am very new to bee keeping, last year I assisted a local bee keeper for the season and this year I have taken on looking after 3 hives. This means I have become the keeper of possibly 120,000 bees, quite a responsibility!
The more I learn, the more fascinated I become about the whole topic. Bees are just amazing. One honey bee will collect ½ a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. They make up to 10 flights a day and can visit anything from between 50 to 250 flowers each time. To make a 450g jar of honey they will fly the equivalent of 1 ½ times around the world, so scrape out your honey jars carefully.
Honey can help with allergies, but it needs to be raw and local. Raw honey like mine has not been heat treated and therefore still contains living enzymes. It can be very helpful for pollen allergies, hay fever and asthma.
It can also help with wound healing due to its antibacterial activity.
It also tastes delicious but of course should only be eaten in small amounts!
The honey I currently have is mainly from the bright yellow oil seed rape crop. This honey only stays very liquid for a few days and then overtime becomes creamier in texture.
If you would like a jar, it is now available to buy through Holly’s website".
The honey is available from my shop for £6 a jar. You can still order this weeks menu online until this evening. I am also taking bookings for private catering jobs over the summer, please email me for more information.