Thanks to everyone who entered our contest and attended our A Taste of Honey Event last weekend! We had a great turn out, and it was yummy tasting a variety of honey from hives across the city.
Congratulation to our 2019 honey tasting contest winner Linda Nessler! Tasters voted her honey their favourite. The winning honey was sweet in flavour and light in colour. It was harvested September 15, and the main nectar sources were Alfalfa and Wild Aster.
Each honey had its own special shade ranging from very clear to creamy white to darker hues of yellow. Similarly, the tastes varied from rich and creamy to light, smooth and sweet. Event goers also got a special treat with a special tasting of dandelion and blackberry honey too! All of the honey was truly amazing and unique.
People also had a chance to also sit down and enjoy a special English Ale primed with Hiveworld’s dandelion honey brewed by Bent Stick Brewing. Everyone agreed it was refreshing and delicious.
Drop in for a taste! Our honey is pure, non-medicated, only heated to the temperature of the hive during extraction and contains naturally occurring pollen! Comb honey, creamed and regular available in-store only.
Honey is often a mix of different sources, and here are some characteristics of the most common.
Colour: light to darker yellow hues
Taste: Pungent and sharp, medium sweetness
Colour: water white to tones of amber
Taste: mild, floral sweetness with a hint of a sour after taste
Taste: subtle spicy profile
Taste: mild flavor, buttery and savoury
Now that the only honey left is in our cabinets and in our hives for overwintering, everyone is busy fall prepping. We recommend wrapping your hives for winter around the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and by October 31. Daytime temps have cooled down enough (below 15C) to make it a great time to do it. See our videos from last year for some tips on fall hive prepping, when to combine hives and wrapping your hive in tar paper. More tips for fall prep coming in our next blog!
Have questions or need supplies? Visit our Edmonton store or shop https://hiveworld.ca
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What should you do if your bees have died? First thing you should do is look at your hive and see if you can detect any moisture, disease or anything else that may have caused your colonies demise. Do your best to take any samples you need, photos and get a second opinion from a fellow beekeeper, mentor or us!