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How we make honey
The production of honey is a multi-step process, as you can imagine. Let’s follow the honeybees step-by-step as they make this precious food for the colony.
So to recap. From bee
Honey starts as flower nectar collected by bees, which gets broken down into simple sugars stored inside the honeycomb. The design of the honeycomb and constant fanning of the bees’ wings causes evaporation, creating sweet liquid honey. Honey’s colour and flavour varies based on the nectar collected by the bees. For example, honey made from clover blossom nectar might be light in colour, whereas honey from Manuka might have a dark amber colour.
To hive and beekeeper
On average, a hive will produce about 30 kgs of surplus honey each year. Beekeepers harvest it by collecting the honeycomb frames and scraping off the wax cap that bees make to seal off honey in each cell. Once the caps are removed, the frames are placed in an extractor, a centrifuge that spins the frames, forcing honey out of the comb.
To your Home
After the honey is extracted, it’s strained to remove any remaining wax and other particles.
After straining, it’s time to bottle, label and bring it to you. At Te Kapu Apiaries we have moved away from plastics and now bottle our 100% natural honey in recyclable glass jars. We then ship the honey to our selected retailers or deliver it straight to your door when you order online through our website. From hive to beekeeper, our family to yours.