Today the Bacolod Food Hunters were meeting up with a friend who has a very unusual hobby; Bee keeping!
Our friend and bee enthusiast Archie Acuna invited us to his house to check out his bee hives and taste his bees’ honey.
We were a bit apprehensive about accepting the invitation. After all when one hears the word “Bee” one can’t help thinking about getting stung!
Archie laughed at our apprehensions and led us to his backyard where he had several wooden boxes which were his bee hives.
We were expecting him to suit up in full protective gear but the only protection he had on was a pair on sunglasses.
After lightly blowing smoke on the hives Archie began to open them. I was fearfully checking my arms to see if any bees were landing on them but Archie’s bees were very docile. They kept going about their business and ignored us. Archie told us he only got stung twice in a year.
Archie told us that his bees were of the genus Apis Mellifera and that they were European bees especially kept for honey production. A hallmark of the breed is docility.
We noticed that around the lid of the box there was a strange gummy substance. Archie told us that it was Propolis: a sealing substance that bees collect from the sap of trees. Propolis can be used in medicines and in various other things. He showed us a jar full of the precious stuff.
Archie then lifted out a couple of frames from the hive. We could see that the frames were filled with honeycomb and the cells were full of honey!
Archie cut us a piece of honeycomb to eat. It was awesome!! I’ve tasted store bought honey and it was NOTHING compared to the fresh honey from Archie’s hive. Archie’s honey was sweeter and lighter on the tongue. I realized that Winnie-the-pooh was right; Fresh honey is one of the most delicious things in the world.
Archie proudly told us that he doesn’t mix sugar in with his honey and he doesn’t feed his bees sugar like other beekeepers so his honey is all natural gathered from flowers around the subdivision in which he lives in. He raises bees as a hobby and not for honey production so the welfare of his bees come first.
Archie is currently looking for people with fruit orchards who don’t use pesticides and are interested in having bees naturally pollinate their fruit trees. If you’re interested send us an email!
It was nice to stand there watching the bees fly in and out of their hives with their pollen baskets full of pollen. It was certainly a great experience for us to learn so much about the bees.
Check out the video (with some NSFW language!)