Questions about Bee Products
We often are asked various questions on bee products. Below are some of these questions and answers to them.
What is the Difference between Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Honey, and Propolis?
To answer this question we will simply explain each bee product.
- Bee pollen is the pollen that the bees collect on their bodies. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, protein, lipids, and carbohydrates. This pollen could also contain some saliva from the bees. This pollen is not in honey or other bee products.
- Royal jelly is a milky-white, nutritious, thick substance that is produced by the worker bees with water, nectar, and flower sperm. This jelly is food for the drones and the worker bee larvae to get them started in life. The queen bee lives on this throughout her life.
- Honey is the sweet liquid the honeybees make in their hives. It is mainly made from flower nectar, even though there are types produced from other food sources. Bees collect the nectar from the flowers and take it back to their hives for the other bees to store in the cells of the honeycomb. Over the days to follow, the transformation happens into honey.
- Propolis is a resin-like substance produced by the bees to help seal cracks in the hives. It is made from resinous substances in tree buds and then secreted by the bees glands.
What is the Difference between Honey and Raw Honey?
Regular honey you see on the grocery store shelves typically goes through extensive filtering to remove pollen and other particles found naturally in honey. It can even be pasteurized, which helps eliminate all bacteria, but this also can kill many of the natural nutrients in honey.
Raw honey does not go through extensive filtration. It may get strained to remove large particles, but it is never pasteurized or heated in any manner.
What is the Difference between Honey and Creamed Honey?
All types of honey can crystallize. This makes them have a gritty texture with large course granules. Creamed honey is crystallized in a special manner to make the granules as small as possible. When the process is performed correctly at the right temperature, the resulting product is very smooth and creamy.
What is the Difference between Propolis and Beeswax?
Propolis is made from tree buds to fill cracks in the hives. Beeswax is made from was secreted by the bee's wax glands and is used in making the honeycomb cells.
What is the Difference between Honey and Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is made from the nectar of the manuka tree in New Zealand. It is known as the most healing power of all honeys.
What is the Difference between Manuka Honey and Active Manuka Honey?
Active manuka honey or more precisely UMF-Active manuka honey is solely made and packaged in New Zealand ensuring you are getting the true manuka honey from New Zealand.
What is the Difference between Bee Pollen and Flower Pollen?
Flower pollen is the nutrients on the inside. The bee pollen on the other hand also has these nutrients, but encased in an outer shell, as a result it is the whole pollen grain.