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You've Got to Try Some Charleston Wildflower Honey

Hey there, John Berdux here, CEO & Co-Founder of Apis Mercantile and fanatic of wildflower honey. During my college years, I was fortunate enough to live in a house in downtown Charleston, SC, that included Liam (co-founder) as a roommate. Everyone in the house seemed to have an interesting hobby: Liam restored surfboards, another roommate, Matt, kept a garden and brewed beer. I did some reading on beekeeping and thought it was an interesting backyard hobby to take on.  So, I started with two hives in the backyard and was hooked on bees and honey from that point on. One of the coolest things about honeybees is that they can fly nearly six miles away from their hive. While the bees are...

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Local Honey for Dogs: Is It Safe?

Is Honey Safe for Dogs? For thousands of years, honey has been used in a variety of ways - from treating sickness to exfoliating the body to naturally sweetening our food. You might be wondering if you can give honey to your dog -- either your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies or just licked a healthy glob up off the floor! Not to worry, the answer is YES! Honey for dogs is totally safe in small amounts. Most dogs will even enjoy it as a treat! Benefits of Honey for Your Dog Seasonal Allergies In small quantities, honey can be good for dogs. If your dog has seasonal allergies, feeding them a small amount of local raw honey every day...

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Why does honey crystallize?

Does honey ever go bad? It’s one of the most frequent questions we hear, and we’re going to assuage any fears you have about that old honey in the back of your pantry---NO!  Honey never expires!  This is one of my favorite honey facts to share because the idea of food that doesn’t spoil is hard to fathom; in fact, honey is one of the only food products, when stored properly, will never expire.  If you’re the type of person to leave honey on-hand and untouched for great lengths of time, it’s best to purchase honey in a glass jar.  This is because, while honey doesn’t expire, the plastic container certainly does!  When honey is stored in a plastic container,...

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Pollen Patties: When and How to Use Them in the Beehive

Pollen Patties: When and How to Use Them in the Beehive First of all, there is nothing wrong with feeding bees when they need it.  One of the things that I often hear from new beekeepers or those interested in honey is that feeding bees is bad.  Like with anything, it’s not so black and white.  When a colony needs to be fed to survive the winter or to receive a treatment, it’s better to intervene as a beekeeper with the tools at our disposal.  One such tool is the pollen patty. A pollen patty gets its name from the fact that it is meant to imitate real flower pollen.  The colony uses gathered pollen as a vital source of...

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Why Tupelo Honey Makes the Perfect Gift

Why Tupelo Honey Makes the Perfect Gift   The holidays are fast approaching! Whether you’re giving a gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, raw honey is the perfect gift for those who take pleasure in food! There are many varieties of honey from multi-floral wildflower to light single flower monofloral types of honey. However, one stands out above the rest — tupelo honey, also known as the “champagne of the honey world,” or “Southern gold.”  Anyone who loves honey knows the special qualities of tupelo. It doesn't granulate or crystallize, which means it stays in a liquid state. The color is a lovely clear light gold with a green cast Most of all, its flavor is described as "buttery," "fruity," and...

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