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We're big fans of local honey so it was nice to pick up a jar from Cardona & Son when we caught up with them at the Chilli Fiesta recently.
As well as rearing rare breed pigs for pork, which they supply to numerous restaurants around Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, they also keep bees to produce a fine local honey.
Our chat with Andre Cardona revealed that the Cardona & Son Hive Management Scheme has already attracted a good response and some people have already taken it up. Andre says he has had good feedback and we hope to keep you up to date as more people take up the scheme.
The honey we had was a thick set type, deeply sweet and scented and made a wonderful topping for a hunk of malted grain bread. More often than not, honey is a rich golden colour, but this one is the palest cream and looks wonderfully sophisticated in the jar.
We'd like to give Cardona & Son (and the bees of course!) Artisan Food Trail Approved status.
Honey and bee facts
Pure honey is a very special and precious substance, hence the reason why it is not a cheap food. Bees work very hard to make the honey and beekeepers go to a fair amount of expense and effort in setting up hives and keeping bees.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces a food eaten by man.
- A typical bee hive will house about 60,000 bees, most of them workers. Male honey bees (drones) do not forage for the hive, and nor does the queen honey bee.
- Foraging bees have to fly about 55,000 miles, taking about 556 foraging bees to visit 2 million flowers to produce a pound of honey – and to think that's what went into our single jar!
- Each honey bee makes about 1 twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its life time.
- Bees have glands which secrete an enzyme. When the bees collect the nectar, it is then mixed with the enzyme in the bee’s mouth which is taken back to the bee hive, and dropped into the honeycomb. These are hexagonal shaped cells, which in the wild, the bees make themselves out of wax.