A friend has recently returned from a holiday in the south of France. The gift of some local honey is always appreciated. This jar is from a market held every Friday in nearby Ventimiglia, Italy. I’m sure Italian bees are just as hard working as our local variety. In fact if we wanted to research deeper we would find that ours bees lineage may have come from these Italian bees many years ago. Lets look at the work involved in collecting this 250gm jar.
- In one trip, a honey bee can visit about 75 and up to 3000 flowers.
- Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers/day.
- It will take 1-500 flowers to gather a full load.
- A full load is 50-80% of body weight, around 30mg of nectar.
- About 50-80% of foragers collect nectar.
- In a lifetime, on average a honey bee produces 1/12th teaspoon (5 drops) of honey.
- Foragers sleep most of the night.
Source: E. Crane.1990 Bees and Beekeeping: Science, Practice and world resources.
Looking forward to opening this jar soon!