Honey has been around forever. Humans have eaten it, traded it, bathed in it and treated their wounds with it, since history was first recorded.
Our honey comes from B’s New Mexico Honey Farm, a family owned business based in Albuquerque, which has been producing raw, naturally organic honey for over 25
years. “Nothing’s added and nothing’s taken out. It’s as simple as that,” says owner Jim Berry. The honey is simply passed through a screen to remove any foreign particles and, because it’s raw, is neither heated nor filtered. “The taste and color can vary quite a bit, depending on the time of year and the amount of rain,” explains Jim.
Throughout the year, the honey changes depending on where Jim’s bees are. They may be pollinating flowers, chamisa, pinon, crops such as chile, or many other plants. Sometimes it is deep in color, almost brown, and other times it is much lighter. We sometimes get asked if it is real honey because folks are not used to the different
flavors that can come through when the bees pollinate the unique fauna for New Mexico.
Tomasita’s and Atrisco combined, currently go through about 30 gallons of B’s honey every week. But Jim has serious concerns about the future, because, he says, “Pesticides, pollution, herbicides and microwave towers have had a devastating effect on the bee population. Honey production in New Mexico is about 40%-50% of what it was nine or ten years ago.”
But there will always be a need for honey and the American Beekeeping Federation has established the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, a nonprofit
organization devoted to keeping bees alive and honey intact.
“A bee is an exquisite chemist.”
Royal Beekeeper to King Charles II
Put your honey where your mouth is
- Honey is the only food to include all the ingredients necessary to maintain life, including enzymes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and water.
- In ancient times, Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance.
- Honey is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, making it highly
effective for fighting infections.
- Eating locally sourced, raw honey, is one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing allergy symptoms.
- Honey never spoils.
- Archaeologists exploring ancient Egyptian pyramids discovered jars of honey, over 3,000 years old…and still edible!
- To make 1lb. of honey, bees must visit approximately two million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles.