"How is honey made?"


Technically, we don’t make any honey: we just put it into containers. The honeybees do all of the production work.  The manufacture of honey is one of nature’s most amazing processes. In a nutshell, this is how honey is made. Worker honeybees visit thousands of flowers, and collect nectar from them, storing it inside their bodies in a special “honey stomach”. While inside the bee, the nectar mixes with a number of proteins and enzymes produced by the bees, starting the honey-making process. When the worker honeybees return to the hive, they transfer the nectar into the beeswax comb, and repeat the process until the combs are full. The bees then fan the air around the stored nectar with their wings, drying the moisture out of it and preparing it for long-term storage:  during this process the nectar thickens and eventually transforms into what we recognize as honey. When this is done, the bees cap the honeycomb with wax and move on to the next empty combs, beginning all over again. By late summer or early fall, the hives are full of capped honey, ready to go. The beekeepers remove the combs, extract the honey, pour it into drums, and shipped to be packed. In many ways, the smallest and most valuable workers on the production line, the honeybees, aren’t even on payroll!



You may think all honey is the same, and to a certain extent you are absolutely right. But the colour, flavour and texture of honey vary naturally depending on the floral source of the pollen. These natural variances create the unique products found in our collection, which will always have one thing in common—they’re 100% pure, natural Canadian Honey. Classed as Canada No. 1 White Honey, Canadian honey products are in demand around the world. When you choose our honey you’re not only getting a world-class honey, you’re also supporting Canadian farmers and helping the environment.


We are proud that the honey we handle are produced in a  processing and packing operations that are HACCP recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).  The plants undergo regular HACCP inspections, monitored by CFIA, to insure that the utmost levels of food safety for our honey are being maintained.  We insist upon providing the finest-quality product to our customers.  Recognized food-safety programs helps to assure our customers that the best, safest possible honey is being delivered every time.

Comb Honey

Comb Honey, also known as Honey Comb, is honey in its most natural state. This honey is encapsulated in its original bee made hexagonal wax container. Once the default method of availability, honey comb has more recently been dismissed with a preference towards Extracted Honey.

Liquid Honey

As one of Honey’s most popular products, liquid honey is known around the world for its high quality and clear, delicate flavour. Simply scrumptious in your tea or on your morning toast, liquid honey is also fantastic as a glaze for veggies or meat dishes, and for making delicious marinades or salad dressings.



Cream Honey

Cream honey truly is the “cream of the crop” of honeys. It is prepared using a delicate process of adding crystallized honey to liquefied raw honey and mixing it until the honey has a smooth, creamed texture that melts in your mouth. Count on cream honey to be the ultimate comfort food when spread over warm English muffins, crepes or pancakes. It also adds a heavenly touch when drizzled over coffeecake and other desserts.


The "Bear" Facts About Canadian Honey

- Canadian honey is recognized around the world for its high quality and the beekeepers who supply Bee Maid are proud to play a starring role.

- The sunny and long summers in western Canada provide the clover, alfalfa and canola crops for bees to forage and produce the mild, white Canadian honey prized for its taste.

- Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta produce 80% of Canada’s honey crop.

- Canada is the world’s sixth largest producer of honey.

- Honey is produced from July to August.

- The average honey yield per hive in Canada is twice the world’s average due to our long and warm summer days and a vast supply of nectar producing crops.

- Canadian honey is enjoyed in more than 25 countries—main destinations are the US and Germany.

- Bees play a vital role in the pollination of many crops including fruits and vegetables.

- It has been estimated that honeybee pollination contributes up to $1 billion annually in terms of increased Canadian agricultural production; this is in addition to the over $110 million in direct receipts from the production of honey itself.

- The Canadian honey industry offers much more than just honey. Other honey by-products include:
- beeswax for candles and household products such as polishes
- protein-rich pollen, which is used as a diet supplement
- propolis, which is becoming widely known and accepted as an ingredient in cosmetics and lip balms, as well as a tonic
- royal jelly, a special feed produced by worker bees for the queen bee, which is used in skin creams and lotions.

- The safety and quality of Canadian honey is second to none. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, through the Honey Regulations of the Canada Agricultural Products Act, ensures that Canadian honey producers meet strict federal standards.


A new study from Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

A teaspoon of honey before bed seems to calm children's coughs and help them sleep better, according to a new study that relied on parents' reports of their children's symptoms. The folk remedy did better than cough medicine or no treatment in a three-way comparison. Honey may work by coating and soothing an irritated throat, the study authors said.Many families are going to relate to these findings and say that grandma was right," said lead author Dr. Ian Paul of Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine.The research appears in December's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.Three pediatricians who read the study said they would tell parents seeking alternative remedies to try honey. They noted that honey should not be given to children under age 1 because of a rare but serious risk of botulism.For the research, researchers recruited 105 children with upper respiratory infections from a clinic in Pennsylvania. Parents were given a paper bag with a dosing device inside. Some were empty. Some contained an age-appropriate dose of honey-flavored cough medicine containing dextromethorphan. And some contained a similar dose of honey.The parents were asked about their children's sleep and cough symptoms, once before the bedtime treatment and once after. They rated the symptoms on a seven-point scale. All of the children got better, but honey consistently scored best in parents' rating of their children's cough symptoms.


Note: this information appeared in December's edition of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.* Readers are advised always to consult their doctor for specific information on personal health matters. The naming of any product, therapy and views expressed on this column have been gathered from other sources and does not represent an endorsement by Gourmet Canadiana Products Ltd. or Cheena Canada Ltd.