How Honey is Made
Ever stop to think about what’s in a bottle of honey?
It’s really quite simple. There are no added preservatives. No added flavorings. No added coloring.
Take a look at the additive-free journey that honey takes from bee to bottle and see for yourself.
The bottle of honey on your supermarket shelf is nothing more than honest to goodness sweetness the way nature intended.
Honey gets its start as flower nectar, which is collected by bees, naturally broken down into simple sugars and stored in honeycombs. The unique design of the honeycomb, coupled with constant fanning by the bees’ wings, causes evaporation to take place, creating the thick, sweet liquid we know as honey. The color and flavor of honey varies from hive to hive based on the type of flower nectar collected by the bees. For example, honey made from Acacia Blossom nectar might be light in color, whereas honey from Jamun or Wildflowers might have a dark amber color. In the India alone, there are more than 30 unique types of honey produced, each originating from a different floral source.
Harvesting and extracting
Fortunately, honey bees will make more honey than their colony needs, so it is necessary for beekeepers to remove the excess. On average, a hive will produce about 80 pounds of surplus honey each year. Beekeepers — large and small — harvest honey by collecting the honeycomb frames and scraping off the wax cap that bees make to seal off honey in each cell. Once the caps are removed, the frames are placed in an extractor — a centrifuge that spins the frames, forcing honey out of the comb. The honey is spun to the sides of the extractor, where gravity pulls it to the bottom and it can be collected.