BEE­KEEP­ING SE­RIES PART 4: PROD­UCTS AND BY-PROD­UCTS WHICH CAN BE MADE OUT OF HON­EY­COMBS

Agriculture - - Products Aplenty - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

IN THE SEPTEM­BER IS­SUE of was a dis­cus­sion of how Milea Bee Farm prop­a­gates na­tive hon­ey­bees. This ar­ti­cle fo­cuses on the prod­ucts and byprod­ucts which can be made out of hon­ey­combs. The dif­fer­ent prod­ucts which can be de­rived from the hive are im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly for the mod­ern agri­cul­tural sys­tem. Hon­ey­bees pol­li­nate a good por­tion of our crops, in­clud­ing di­verse agri­cul­tural plants such as fruit trees, veg­eta­bles, small berries, and for­age crops.

For the Milea Bee Farm, bee­keep­ing does not only pro­vide the farm with a healthy ecosys­tem, it is also a source of joy for Rico Omoyon, its owner.

To top it all off, bee­keep­ing also pro­vides ben­e­fi­cial prod­ucts and ser­vices.

PROD­UCTS

Here are some of the money-mak­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices that bee­keep­ing may of­fer to the would-be bee­keeper:

• Honey: The cheap­est prod­uct from the hive, and the most sought af­ter. It is a re­mark­able vis­cous liq­uid, pre­pared by the bees from the nec­tar of dif­fer­ent plants. It oc­cu­pies a prom­i­nent place in tra­di­tional medicines through­out history.

In ad­di­tion, pure, raw honey is healthy, easily di­gestible, nat­u­ral, and energy-rich food. It con­tains car­bo­hy­drates, pro­teins, lipids, en­zymes, and vi­ta­mins, which are needed for main­tain­ing a healthy body. Mixed with wa­ter and taken on an empty stom­ach, honey may also keep the doc­tor away.

• Hon­ey­combs: Selling fresh honey which is still in­side the comb as­sures care­ful cus­tomers that they are get­ting 100 per­cent pure honey as one can­not get any honey any purer than what is in hon­ey­combs. Pure honey is rec­om­mended for when one needs to take it with­out any ad­di­tives, for use in desserts, or to heal sore throats, coughs, and colds.

Un­like adul­ter­ated or fake honey (left) which easily com­bines with wa­ter, pure honey (right) stays in­tact even if poured into a glass of wa­ter.

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