We will do our best to make your visit to the apiary fun and safe. If you are allergic to bee stings, we do not advise you to enter the apiary . We cannot guarentee that you will not be stung even though we will equip you with protective gear.
It is natural for honey, especially raw natural honey to crystallize. This because the honey contains the pollen and has not been heat-treated, ultra-filtered nor adulterated with high-fructose corn syrup.
If your honey has crystallized:
> Loosen the lid
> Place the honey jar in a saucepan of water OR in your slow cooker with about 1" of water in the bottom of the pot.
> Slowly warm the honey to about 108* F, do not let the water boil or simmer
> Hold that temp for one to two hours
>your honey will return to its original state. All of the natural goodness will be preserved.
Properly stored honey (any temp below 108*F) will last indefinately. It will crystallize, however, it can be brought back to its original state by gentle warming.
Edible honey, that is thousands of years old, has been recovered from tombs and peat bogs .
Honey that has not been processed by heat treating or ultrafiltration ( as almost all big-box store honey's are) contains all of the yummy goodness that the bees put into it.
> Fructose and glucose sugars that are easier to digest than cane sugar
> about 20 other sugars in small percentages
> Pollen grains from local flowering plants and trees
> Amino acids