OUR CRAFT

 

THE BEES KNEES: 

  Bees are one of nature's most profoundly complex and inspiring creatures. Beehives embody some of the higher qualities found in our human experience; some of these are work ethic, cohesion, and the sacrificial nature of a bee living for the colony.  We value the lessons we have gleaned from our exposure to the intrinsic structure and harmony within our beehives! For us, perfecting this craft has been a journey full of great successes and some unfortunate failures. 

  We look to create a sustainable, prosperous apiary where we can utilize all the amazing resources found in our beehives... Some of these are most definitely Honey, Pollen, Beeswax, and Propolis. Others are in the form of education through exposure to the sophisticated and prosperous essence of bees.

NATURES NECTAR:

Through the progression of our intense Alaskan summer, a huge diversity of native flowers present themselves to our bees. Our bees forage hard to make the most of the short two months of nectar flow. We receive around 20 hours of daylight in the peak of the summer up here in the last frontier! They don't call it the land of the midnight sun for no reason! Our bees produce two types of Alaskan Honey.

Alaskan Fireweed Honey - Comes from our pristine subalpine fireweed meadows. In late July our hills become painted with fields of beautiful magenta blossoms.  Described as lightly floral and delicate; it goes great in tea and as a featured garnish on sweet and savory delights. It pairs well with just about anything! We consistently hear from our costumers that, "this is the best honey I have ever had." It truly is a beautiful honey. Tasting Notes: Cake batter, lightly fruity, delicately lingers, slight buttery finish. Beautiful water white color!

Alaskan Wildflower Honey - Described as a more “traditional” honey with a warm and full-bodied flavor, it boasts a large variety of Alaskan florals from clover and geranium, to wild rose, yarrow, and more. It is our golden Alaskan summer in a jar! Tasting Notes: floral, full-bodied, pungent, complex, butterscotch, rich. Light amber color. 

RAW AND UNREFINED:

We take pride in the fact that we keep our honey as close to what nature intended it to be: RAW. We keep the enzymatic activity alive and healthy in our honey by never heating it above 105F. This keeps the anti-bacterial and nutritious nature of our honey intact. Through keeping our honey raw, we are able to protect the beautiful aroma and flavor of our Alaskan Honey.

CRYSTALIZED HONEY:  

Our honey will crystalize due to the active enzymes that will cause the sugars to take crystal form. Public opinion (through lack education) of crystalized honey can be negative, but in all reality, crystalized honey is a completely natural state of Raw Honey.  The enzymes which cause honey to crystalize are introduced by the bees so they can break down the sugars (sucrose to glucose and fructose) in the flower nectar to make it more soluble (easier to dehydrate). The bees then proceed to dehydrate the nectar by using there own body heat. About 20% of what the bees collect is turned into actual honey. The rest is evaporated out as water vapor.  FACT: This means that the bees have to collect and dehydrate roughly 300 lbs of flower nectar to make just a single bucket of HONEY!  Raw Honey is shelf stable because no microorganism can survive in its dehydrated state. Any bacteria or yeast are typically killed from rapid dehydration through osmosis. This is one of the reasons that it is used as a topical treatment for burns and cuts. 

 

FILTRATION + BEE POLLEN:

We filter our honey through a rough metal screen in order to keep all the pollen, bee bread, vitamins, and minerals in our honey. That is part of why our honey is so nutritious and delicious! It is as RAW as it gets! Bee Bread is a nutritious mix that the worker bees eat and feed to the pupa and larva in a beehive. It is a mix of Honey and Pollen and is commonly stored in the same comb as honey.

The Basics: Pollen from flowers and trees is a bee's main source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. The trace amounts of pollen that is in our honey represents a substantial part of its nutritional benefit. This is also why Raw Local Honey has been known to help with seasonal allergies; it's all about the pollen content! Through ingesting small amounts of pollen and gradually increasing the dose it is possible that your body can build up a pollen allergy immunity. 

The Benefits: Pollen contains profound amounts protein, amino acids, lipids and fatty acids, vitamins A, E, D, B1, B2, and B6. It contains macronutrients such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and micronutrients such as iron, copper, zinc, manganese. It also demonstrates antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. There is detoxifying activity in pollen and bee bread in occupational diseases like heavy metal contamination.** Not only can pollen be used as a colorful topping with a serious BURST of flavor in the culinary world, in regards to health and well being it truly is a SUPERFOOD.
**information sourced from the "US NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE" 

The Beauty: Our honeybees bring back pollen from a myriad of colorful and nutrient rich sources within a three mile radius of their hive to feed their larva.

Each day, the bees will forage on whichever unique flowers are in bloom nearby that fit their nutrition requirements!  However, one hive may be foraging on something completely different than the hive next to it; this is because within the hive, the forager bees communicate the distance, direction, and quality of their found resource to others in their hive by means of a waggle dance. Thus, one hive can orient to a preferred resource very different to it's neighboor!