Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sweet Like Honey

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Honey from Southwest Bee Supply.
  • Honey from Southwest Bee Supply.
A visit to Southwest Bee Supply at 844 S. Sixth Ave. this morning turned up some interesting facts about bees and honey, by way of owner Roy Wilson Jr.:

1. There is speculation among local beekeepers that the honey supply may run short this year. Bees have been unexpectedly leaving hives, and they take half of the honey with them when they do. Should this happen, Wilson expects a spike in honey prices prior to supplies running out completely.

2. Heating honey to infuse it with flavors destroys the stuff that some say is beneficial to allergy sufferers. A cold-infusion process does not. Wilson uses a cold infusion process to make his flavored honeys.

3. Adding a queen bee of European descent to a swarm of aggressive Africanized bees will change the nature of the group. This "re-queening" of an aggressive swarm is used to domesticate bees for honey production, which Wilson says is a practical alternative to insecticides.

4. Wilson's honey is a lot cheaper than what's found at many local farmers' markets.

Call 882-7522 for more information.

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