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Lychee/Longan Honey is Ready!

It's TIME!!!!!!!

The new crop of Lychee/Longan honey is ready. I'm about to harvest it today, and I can't wait to taste it! We wait all year for this!

Will keep you posted, but get ready! It goes fast..... 

 
 

Another Component of Colony Collapse Disorder.....Toxic Honeycombs

There are many theories circulating regarding Colony Collapse Disorder. When Steve and I were talking the other day, the subject came up again. WHY are millions of bees missing in action? 

Pesticide use is often cited as a primary cause. Bees are notoriously sensitive to pesticides. Some speculate that a chemical component is messing with the bees internal GPS and they are not being able to find their way home.

Some blame cell phones.

And here's another, rather sensible, theory. After continued exposure to pollutants and chemicals in the environment, the residues build up over time in the honeycombs themselves....the very structure where babies, nectar and pollen are stored become unfit to live in.

At a certain point of honeycomb toxicity, the bees decide, en masse, to evacuate and try their luck in another location. In places like Florida, where I live, this is not a bad move....there is almost always a tree, garbage can, or home where they can set up housekeeping and start again. In northern climes they fare not so well.....they'll abandon their hive and look for a new place to call home, but if the season is wrong, or local nectar is not available at that time, they will quickly perish.

Might it be prudent to change out the honeycombs more often and give the bees fresh new foundation to extrude new combs? Only time will tell... 

 
 

Honey and Allergies! Nothing to Sneeze At!

Is it TRUE? Does honey really alleviate annoying allergy symptoms? Or is it an old wives tale?

There are so many "superfood" health claims out there, that I take most of them with a grain of salt. (Oh no, wait....forget the salt, remember the blood pressure!)

And that's what I mean! We tend to look at food as a collection of chemical properties, either for or against us. It really takes the joy out of dining! Typically I try to avoid this medicinal approach to food..... 

Which is why I initially hesitated to make the link between honey and allergies! But after many of my customers came back and reported huge improvement in their allergy symptoms when adding honey to their daily diet, I decided to give the thing a second look and see what's what.

Does it work? And if so....HOW? 

This is what I found:

Typical allergy symptoms....runny nose, drippy eyes.....result from an overexposure to a particular allergen. Often, regular allergy shots are the course of action used to minimize this.

If the allergen is pollen based, then hope in honey is well-founded. The bees collect both pollen and nectar, and tiny grains of pollen are present in your honey. Regular honey consumption acts as an immune booster and minimizes the reaction to the pollen. It works just like the allergy shots, but much cheaper and tastier!!

Here's the thing. In order to work, you need honey that contains the pollen that's getting to you. So the honey needs to be produced as close as possible to where you live. This ensures that the pollen from your neighborhood plants will be in your honey.

AND....the honey MUST BE RAW! Once heated, these benefits disappear.

So, got allergies? Raw local honey is your best bet.

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? With honey....there's never too much!

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? A teaspoon or a couple of teaspoons a day will do it.

The best strategy is to have local honey for several weeks before the start of the allergy season. However, so many suffering customers came and got our honey as a last ditch effort in the middle of an onslaught of pollen-based misery....and they reported excellent results when they began this daily honey regimen.

Here in Miami I recommend the Tropical Wildflower honey for this because it contains the widest range of local pollens within itself. So find a local beekeeper, get yourself some raw honey, and put away your Kleenex.  Honey for allergies is nothing to sneeze at! 


 
 

Fresh From The Hive! 60 lbs. of TROPICAL WILDFLOWER Honey

The Fall honeyflow is ON. We're happy to have a sixty pound bucket of Tropical Wildflower honey, fresh from the hive....and with more on the way. I can smell ripening honey when I walk out my back door, and it smells good! Steve says that someday I'll be able to identify which flowers are blossoming by the aroma of the ripening honey, but I'm not that good yet!

I DO love the way that Tropical Wildflower honey varies from harvest to harvest, based on the combination of nectars that are available in the neighborhood at any given time.

This harvest is a nice medium amber. I think I'll go get myself a spoonful or two. I need the energy! Yum...

 

 
 

Come See Us in the Grove! Coconut Grove, That Is...

I've been thinking about checking out the Coconut Grove Farmer's Market for a long time. I was waiting for our sweltering Miami summer to end before exploring this option...

But Wednesday a friend of mine mentioned that he needed to have somebody cover his booth at the market so I offered my services.

Come and say hello! I'll be booth sitting at the Crackerman booth on Saturday, September 25th from 9 AM - 5 PM, weather permitting. The market is located at 3300 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove.

Crackerman sells awesome organic crackers and German-style breads, along with great hummus and absolutely combustible hot sauce. 

We'll have a bunch of Avocado Lychee Honey on hand, too! 

Say you read my Local Harvest Blog, and you'll get $1.00 off your purchase!! 

Hope to see you there! 

 
 
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