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‘Honey, Honey how you thrill me…’ Collecting Honey in French countryside

Last week, we had the unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the world of French apiculture – the art of beekeeping and honey collection. What we discovered was not just a testament to the importance of these industrious insects to our ecosystem, but also a journey through sweet, golden delicacies that France has to offer.

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♬ Honey, Honey – ABBA

Honeybees: Nature’s Tiny Farmers

Firstly, it’s impossible to talk about honey without acknowledging the tireless creatures that produce it. Honeybees are fascinating. Each bee in a hive has a specific role: workers, drones, and of course, the queen. A single hive can house up to 60,000 bees, and it’s their collective efforts that result in the delicious honey we enjoy.

Did you know that a honeybee will only produce around a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime? Yet collectively, bees in a hive can produce as much as 50 to 100 pounds of honey in a year! These little insects are truly nature’s overachievers.

French Honey: A Taste of the Countryside

In France, honey is not just a mere sweetener. No, it’s a taste of the land itself. Each region boasts its unique honey, imbued with flavours of the local flora. From the lavender honey of Provence, chestnut honey from the Rhône-Alpes, to the delicate acacia honey of Burgundy, each jar tells a story of its landscape.

Our Experience: Collecting Honey

The highlight of our journey was certainly the hands-on experience of collecting honey. Dressed in full beekeeper gear, we ventured into the buzzing world of the hives. The process is a delicate one, requiring calm and precision. The bees, industrious and focused on their tasks, paid little mind to us.

Extracting the frames covered in a wax cap was thrilling. Seeing the golden liquid beneath was nothing short of magical. Then came the extraction, watching as the honey was spun out of the frames, filtered, and ready for jarring.

Tasting honey straight from the hive was an experience like no other. The flavour was richer, deeper, somehow more vibrant. Truly, it was the taste of the French countryside, bottled.

Why Bees Matter

The importance of bees extends beyond honey production. They’re vital pollinators, playing a crucial role in our food production. Alarmingly, bees face numerous threats, from habitat loss to pesticides. Supporting local apiculture is one way of contributing to their preservation. Plus, you get to enjoy some delicious, natural honey.

Our journey through the world of French honey was indeed sweet. We learned, we tasted, we experienced. And we developed a newfound appreciation for these tiny creatures who work so hard to bring us the sweet treasures of their labour.

So, the next time you enjoy a spoonful of honey, remember the journey it’s been on, from the tiny bee collecting nectar in the French countryside, to the jar on your breakfast table.

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