How many honeybees are in a healthy hive?

Depending on the season, a healthy honeybee hive can hive upwards of 20,000-60,000 active bees working simultaneously.

 

How is honey made?

Honey is made when forager bees go out and collect nectar which is then brought back to the hive for workers to dehydrate and store. 

 

What gives the honey its different colors?

The color of the honey is dependent on the season and available forage. Spring and summer harvests tend to have a lighter color than a fall harvest. 

 

What is the difference between Keystone Colonies Beekeeping honey from the honey on the shelf at the supermarket?

The difference between KCB honey and supermarket honey is that our honey is raw, unheated, and unpasteurized. We only lightly strain out small pieces of beeswax in order to maintain all of the healthy elements like pollen and propolis.  In the supermarket, your typical honey bear is filled with foreign honey that has been imported from countries that do not have the same health standards as we do in the USA. Imported honey is often adulterated with fructose syrup and is usually heated to a temperature that eliminates the beneficial aspects of raw honey. Due to its natural properties, raw honey has a virtually unlimited shelf life. If you're honey has an expiration date listed anywhere on the bottle, you can be sure it is of inferior quality and most likely imported. In order to ensure that what you are getting is local and high quality, make sure to buy locally and get to know your beekeepers.

 

What are the health benefits of consuming raw honey?

Raw honey contains a wide variety of health benefits including antioxidants, antifungals, antibacterials, and enzymes. It can be used to disinfect wounds and help to speed up recovery. When having problems with sore throat, raw honey can be just as effective as dextromethorphan,  a common over-the-counter cough medicine ingredient. Aside from being a popular food, raw honey has also been found in many beauty products such as topical creams and hair products.