Harvesting honey is an ancient artisanal craft that is often passed down from generation to generation.
To harvest the honey, beekeepers remove the honeycomb frames from the supers (10-frame hives), scrape off the wax caps that the bees created to seal in the honey and drop the frames into a centrifuge, a spinning machine that uses centrifugal force to extract the honey.
Fortunately, honey bees will make more honey than their colony needs, so it is necessary for beekeepers to remove the excess. On average, a hive will produce about 80 pounds of surplus honey each year.
Honey bees work tirelessly to produce this gift of nature, visiting countless sources for nectar. And depending on the blossoms the bees tap, the color and flavor of honey can differ greatly. Honey’s color and flavor range from almost colorless with a mild taste to robustly-flavored dark amber brown. In the United States alone, there are more than
300 unique types of honey produced, each originating from a different floral source.
But honey’s diversity doesn’t stop with varieties. Honey also comes in various forms including liquid, creamed and comb.