Honey bees are the only insects that produce a food consumed by humans.

RisHoney is produced in one of the busiest yet most efficient factories in the world — a beehive. Honey bees are social insects with a marked division of labor among the various bees in the hive. A colony contains one queen, 500 to 1,000 drones and about 30,000 to 60,000 workers.

The matriarch of the colony is the queen. Nurtured on a special diet of royal jelly, the queen is the only sexually developed female in the hive.

A productive queen will lay up to 3,000 eggs in a single day.

Once hatched, these worker bees do a sequence of jobs – cleaning the nursery, caring for and feeding the larvae, collecting nectar, making wax comb, guarding the hive and fanning their wings to keep the hive cool.

 

Many beekeepers also move their hives to warmer states during the winter. About onehalf of all commercial beekeepers are migratory beekeepers. Some rent their bees to farmers, moving their hives to pollinate various crops. Others relocate their hives near blossoms for honey production.

Healing properties of honey are provided by a high concentration of glucose which is not only a highly nutritional component but also increases protective function of liver, strengthens cardiovascular system and builds up body resistibility towards infections, stimulates immune system.Healing properties of honey are also provided by high contents of vitamins, microelements, minerals and anti-bacterial substances.Honey is more digestible that ordinary sugar and is a very valuable dietary product, this is why it is recommended to patients who require a nourishing diet.

 


 

In addition to gathering nectar to produce honey, honey bees perform another vital function — pollination of agricultural crops, home gardens, orchards and wildlife habitat. As bees travel from blossom to blossom in search of nectar, they transfer pollen from plant to plant, thus fertilizing the plants and enabling them to bear fruit.