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Bee Bread

  [caption id="attachment_8700" align="alignnone" width="800"] (photo credit: Chris Tonnesen)[/caption]     by Josh Evans (http://nordicfoodlab.org/blog/2015/9/4/bee-bread) Honeybees (Apis mellifera) have mastered feats of chemical engineering as various as they are alchemical. Their most well-known substances are of course honey, their concentrated, stable, hive-warming energy source, and wax, their pliable, moisture-proof structural material. Yet there are others which nowadays are known primarily only to beekeepers and practitioners of traditional medicines. Propolis (or ‘bee glue’) is used as a structural sealant and potent antimicrobial agent within the hive and carries a beautiful resinous aroma. Royal jelly is what all brood—the immature larvae and…

What are the predators of the honeybee?

  We hear about all of the issues effecting the bees but what are they? Honeybees are far from defenseless as they are equipped with stingers. Beekeeping 101...there are 3 types of bees in the hive, a queen (1 per hive), worker's (up to 50,000) and drones (a few hundred peak season). The queen and the workers are all female and have stingers attached to a venom sack. The worker's have barbed stingers as to stick into the skin along with the venom sack that pumps, it is ripped from the bee as she pulls away. This means that she…

Matcha Honey Latte Recipe!

This matcha honey latte recipe is rich in antioxidants and a great alternative to coffee to satisfy your caffeine buzz. 1 1/4 tsp matcha powder 1 Tbsp raw basswood honey (more or less to preference + depending on sweetness of milks chosen) 1 Tbsp hot water 1 1/2 cup milk/s of choice- (I love Oatly original) (Unsweetened Milkadamia is nice, too) (For a more indulgent experience, mix it up with half coconut milk and a few granules of sea salt!) Place the matcha, hot water, honey and salt into a mason jar and shake until absorbed. You can easily whisk this in…

Flight of the Honey Bee

According to the BBC, 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world. We could witness the extinction of 40 percent of our planet's insects within the next few decades. Bees, ants, and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds, or reptiles. Unfortunately, we have unsustainable agricultural practices, deforestation, urbanization, fertilizers, invasive species, pathogens, pesticides, and climate change to blame. It's not surprising that bees have been hit the hardest from huge population declines. Here is how you can help our flying friends: 1. Plant flowers and flowering herbs. 2. Don't fear weeds! Clover and…