KEEPING IT LOCAL
Honey and hay fever
Summer is a glorious time although for lots of people it also means itchy eyes and a runny nose. Pollen is the hay fever culprit.
Whilst it's irritating for us, pollen is really important to bees. These spiky little packets of protein are a bee's "meat and two veg". It sticks on their bodies each time they visit a flower - they gather it up and, just like nectar, they store it in the hive.
It's so sticky, it ends up pretty much everywhere so when we are collecting honey, we also collect some of the pollen the bees have brought from flowers. As regards hay fever, the thinking is that eating this local pollen helps to desensitise a hay fever sufferer - local pollen causes the problem so local pollen might help fix it.
We aim to keep as much of the pollen as we can - by only lightly filtering and cold extracting the honey.
We're not making any claims about honey and hay fever - medical evidence is anecdotal at best - but we do believe that lightly filtered honey tastes amazing. Wouldn't it be great if this lovely stuff also turned out to be an alternative to anti-histamines?
Pollen covered honeybee - Gilles San Martin under creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/