Story: Beekeeping

Bee products

Bee products

Honey comes in a variety of colours and consistencies, depending mainly on the flower source. Mānuka honey is becoming increasingly popular because of its health benefits. An ancient honey product is mead, reputed to be the first alcoholic drink brewed by humans, and a favourite of the Greek gods on Mt Olympus. One of the newest bee products is royal jelly, which helps the queen bee to live 50–70 times longer than worker bees. Its promoters claim it supports the body's immune system to help combat the effects of ageing and stress.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Beekeeping - Products', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008