For us, the honey harvest is once a year in late spring. Some people harvest twice a year; late spring and fall. The bottom two boxes of the hive are just for the bees and they fill them with their brood and food. When the bottom 2 boxes are getting towards full, we add a 3rd box, then a 4th box. If it’s a good year, maybe a 5th box. We harvest what we can out of the upper boxes, but the bottom two boxes are for them. This is raw Indiana honey produced by us from our own apiaries. We do not buy from other sources and repackage it. This is a raw product, strained but not filtered. You get all the goodness of natural raw honey made in the USA.
How to take care of raw honey.
Store honey in a tightly capped bottle in a cabinet away from sunlight. Shelf life of pure honey properly stored is indefinite. Raw Honey will crystallize in time and it’s a natural and normal thing. All raw honey will eventually crystallize. The crystallized form of honey is just as nutritious as the liquid form. However, to return crystallized honey back to liquid form place your tightly capped bottle in hot tap water until the crystals melt. You may have to keep the water hot with additional heat. Hot tap water is usually hot enough but if you add more heat be careful not to cook your honey. Cooking does not make honey bad, but it’s does reduce or eliminates many of the nutrients. Grocery store honey that never crystallizes has been cooked to give it the clear look that is desirable to consumers and a permanent shelf life clarity desirable to grocery stores. Once honey has been heated to over 120F it is no longer considered raw.
All Natural, raw, and unfiltered
Indiana Beekeepers Association The Indiana state level bee club
Spring Valley BeeKeepers The local level bee club
Scientific Beekeeping An excellent websites for beekeeping.
National Honey Board. A well done website with a lot of information on honey.
USDA nutrient data base for honey. Full details on 6,000 different foods.
Honeypedia All things honey and bees.
Pollinator plants. An incredible selection of posters showing the pollinator plants that bees and butterflies enjoy. These are the plants bees and butterflies need as food and to survive.
The Practical Beekeeper Michael Bush shares his thoughts on natural beekeeping.