Med - a precious gift from the bees

.. if there's any substance that really deserves to be called 'liquid gold', then it is honey .. What do you know about him?

I smell honey combined with the scent of summer days, when I was a little curiously peeked grandfather Hive amazement over his shoulder as he watched endless pandemonium inside the hives .. I have attached ear to their wooden walls and listened hum from within, as a sign of life in full swing .. I watched the worker bees to contact the cesium with its cargo of sweet juice .. and all this was accompanied by the unmistakable sweet scent ..

How and why there is honey
We all know the old Czech proverb "As busy as a bee" .. Bees are really amazingly hardworking creatures to produce 1 pound of honey is said to be ten times the distance flown district globe, with accumulated around 150,000 doses of nectar or honeydew collected from about 1 million flowers, leaves and needles. Unbelievable that ..
The process of making honey thus begins collecting juices and their transport to the hive. There bee juice "interpret" and other worker bees are sucked into their digestive tract. Action of digestive juices bees nectar or honeydew thickening, evaporates water from them and there is a thicker substance that bees stored in hexagonal wax cells in a honeycomb. Filled cells bees wax eventually closed the lid and leave to mature to the form that we call honey.
Thus the stored honey bees serve as food for their offspring, especially in the winter, during which individual cells gradually opening the combs and honey suckle.

Bees and beekeepers
Previously, people acquire honey from wild bees. When they found their nest, mostly built in the hollows of old trees, picking their honeycombs with honey. For many generations, people behave colonies in hives. To facilitate their work and each other to ensure adequate yields of honey, they are placed in hives ready-frames, plates and wax combs for storing honey. Bees are able to fulfill these sweet honey comb several times per season (typically 2-fold to 3-fold). Therefore, the bee keeper changed several times a year filled with honeycomb frames for empty, ready for a new clutch.
Honey-filled honeycomb beekeeper first remove the wax caps that they can be in a special device to dial-called honey. This indispensable tool is called beekeeping honey extraction. It is a large barrel-shaped container in which to settle frames of honeycomb filled with honey. Classic honey extraction system has crank rotation, beekeeper therefore rotates crank frames of honey inside the honey extraction quickly turn and honey by centrifugal force flies out of individual hexagonal cells and adheres to the walls of honey extraction. After those then trickles down to the canal, which leads him into prepared pan.
If a person takes their honey bees as a food supply, their family would not survive the winter. It is therefore necessary for the bees to the supplementary feeding namíchaným solution whose main ingredients are water and sugar. So the bees survive without natural food source in the spring can go back to your own collection.

The basic division of honey
The basic division of honey, evolving from its origin, is the honey nectar (or floral, sometimes meadow) and honeydew honey (formerly Forest). Samy names suggest, from whence he brought to his bees honeycomb ONU precious juice
Nectar (or flower) honey usually has a bright golden color and crystallizes before honeydew honey (except acacia, which almost does not crystallize). Nectar comes from meadow flowers, fruit trees, of linden, acacia and many other flowering plants and herbs. It is rich in simple sugars and proteins. It also includes the amount of pollen from flowers, which he enriches the other active ingredients of herbs, essential oils and plant hormones.
Honeydew honey (also called a forest) is considerably darker, usually brown to dark brown with reddish hues and crystallizes later than honey blossom. It is based on the so-called honeydew - juice that bees obtain as a byproduct of living parasites on trees, such as aphids. This honey is richer in minerals and trace elements and has a strong antibacterial effect.

Some people prefer honey brighter, květovému, which has a more delicate flavor and aroma. Others have used dark honey, honeydew, the flavor is more pronounced compared to honey květovému. Not to say that one would be better or healthier than the other .. each has a slightly different composition and medicinal properties, which will discuss in the next part of our series ..

.. but now I would utter .. next time you stretch your hand over a jar with sugar .. Hold it in a jar with honey .. , O)


Zdeněk beekeeper grandfather Kročák

The author Med - a precious gift from the bees: Michaela Vorlová