From the Beehive to Your Plate
In honor of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and International Honey Month in September, we set off to document the honey production process at Yad Mordechai Apiary - from the collection phase until it reaches our plate.
Honey, one of the miraculous foods provided by nature, is among the earliest food products known to mankind and one of the few natural sweeteners documented to-date. Thousands of years ago honey already thrilled and amazed humans who, in turn, developed and perfected the gathering method from beehives. 4,000 years ago, honey served as a unique offering to Gods in the ancient civilizations of Assyria, Sumer and Babylon, and was a gourmet food used as a sweetener and to flavor food and beverages.
The honey production process is conducted entirely in the bee kingdom. The collector bees – worker bees also known as field workers – collect flower nectar into a honey bag placed in their body. Once the honey bag is full, the collector bee returns to the beehive, and while flying back it already starts to process the nectar, turning it into honey.
Once in the hive, the increased-concentration nectar is transferred from one bee to the next, until it reaches the storage cell – honeycomb wax cell. The bees keep adding enzymes and other natural substances to the honey throughout this phase. The evaporation and concentration process results in honey maturation, which becomes evident as the bees seal the honey honeycombs with mature honey inside.
In addition to being a product provided directly by nature, honey is also a food product that we put into our body. Therefore, the beekeeping profession requires knowledge, experience and professionalism. The honey production process includes strict quality assurance phases. The QA process at Yad Mordechai Apiary encompasses hives scattered in the area. Numerous QA tests of the honey are collected in order to ensure quality, taste, strict control of the pouring practices and packaging materials. This process is repeated year after year to ensure the unique, familiar taste of Yad Mordechai honey that consumers have come to love.
So how does it happen? You are invited to watch the entire process and meet the people behind the production of honey in the following video: