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