There are numerous factors that go into the decision when to harvest honey from hives. The bees must be given adequate time to collect nectar and process it into honey by reducing the moisture content of the nectar below about 18%.
If we rush the process and harvest before it is fully ripened by the bees, we may end up with a disappointed honey crop. Not the end of the world since it is still edible. But we want the Earth’s finest honey (which is our Conviction), low moisture is what we want. A good rule of thumb is to not extract unless at least 75% of the cells in the honey combs are capped.
By extracting one uncapped honey frame for every three capped frames of honey, the overall moisture content will tend to be below the level where fermentation will occur. The result is Earth’s finest honey and honeycomb.
Honeybees produce honeycomb in the frames of their hives. Composed of beeswax, the structure of honeycomb consists of hexagon-shaped cells used to store honey. The honey stored within the honeycomb is the purest, rawest form of honey, and the wax the honeycomb is made of has nutritional value and health benefits − loaded with Amino Acids, Vitamins B, C, D & E, Antioxidants, and Essential Enzymes.
We extract straight from the frames to create our Raw Comb Honey and Raw Cut Comb products.
Once you have fully extracted the frame you can hold it up to eye level to inspect it.
There are five sections of a frame which are: capped honey stores; nectar; pollen; brood; and empty cells.
It gives us one last time to inspect the frame again. After approval, the comb is then cut around the edges of the frame. The frame is then removed and the comb is cut into very precise pieces to be inserted into the bottle.
We allow for one more inspection to insure that we are inserting the perfect piece of comb into the bottle.
The honeycomb is very sturdy, but yet again a little fragile. By inserting the comb by hand, we insure that the comb stays intact with capped honey for your full enjoyment.
We then take honey that has been extracted from the hives and fill each bottle individually. Again, inspecting the final product to insure 100% customer satisfaction.
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