"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
INGREDIENTS ENSURE QUALITY FOOD:
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
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, 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.
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 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
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
- 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
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.