URBAN BEEKEEPING: Products from the Hive
Honey is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of the harvest from a honeybee hive. Besides being used as a food & sweetener, local honey contains pollen grains and has variations in flavor, texture, color and aroma reflective of the season & flowering plants in the area of the hive. Yet while honey is the major hive product used by humans, there are other hive products used for purposes other than food. Beeswax is used to make candles, cosmetics & artwork. Pollen & royal jelly are marketed as health supplements. Propolis & Manuka honey are used for their medicinal value. Even bee venom is collected to study allergy reactions.
This class will explore honeybee hive products used by humans and discuss the science, lore and history of their use. We will harvest some honey from the GFE hive to taste, and there will be samples of pollen, beeswax, and propolis to examine & discuss. If conditions allow we will demonstrate how make beeswax candles at home.
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