Fascinating Bee Facts & Myth Busters

As you can probably guess, we love bees here at Chain Bridge Honey! These clever little creatures, that are so integral to human life, are really pretty amazing, so today we’re going to look at some fascinating bee facts to get you clued up.

Aside from having the ability to create multiple products that we can then carefully harvest and use to create our products, there are many other bee facts that make life inside the colonies something really special.

Fascinating Bee Facts

Honey!

 

It’s common knowledge that honey bees are experts at making…yup, you guessed it – honey! But did you know that we’re not the only ones who enjoy eating it and that the reason bees actually make honey is to feed themselves? Fortunately, our little buzzy friends are so efficient that they usual make 2-3 times the amount than they actually need, meaning that we can take our lot without affecting their way of life

 

IMPORTANT FACT

 

Although honey is the ideal nutrition for bees, high in nutrients and energy, bees can only eat the honey that they make themselves and eating honey from another hive is deadly so please don’t feed bees honey!

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Bees Communicate

 

One of the most fun bee facts is that It is true that bees can ‘talk’ to each other, in the form of dance! To be able to collect the most pollen possible and make the most honey, bees need to work together and to do this, they need to communicate about where the best pollen and food sources are.

If you were to look inside a hive and watch as bees return, you would see them doing a waggling dance, kind of in a figure of eight, which is how they direct their co-workers and impart information.

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Bees Are Your Friends

 

If we can get across one thing about bees in our list of bee facts, it’s that they are so important to our own wellbeing, due to their incredible ability to pollinate flowers, fruits and vegetables. If it wasn’t for bees transferring pollen, our crops and plants would die.

If you want a happy garden, attracting bees is the best thing you can do! Bees love purple and blue flowers that are rich in nectar, so plant some lavender and bluebells and watch these fabulous bugs go to work!

You can also help to support bees by buying from small, local suppliers, like us! Our beekeepers are highly skilled and go to great efforts to take care of our honey bees, unlike many mass producing brands.

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A Bee’s Flight

 

Although honey bees don’t live very long (around 5 or 6 weeks for a worker bee) and manage to make around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in this time, they are extraordinarily hard workers and a hive will collectively fly around 90,000 miles (which is equal to THREE orbits of the earth!) in order to collect 1kg of honey. Incredible!

Autumnal Recipes: Roasted Honey Mustard Chicken & Apples

This time of year is the perfect season for a spot of comfort eating, in preparation for the cold months ahead, and our crunchy honey mustard is great inspiration for many scrumptious ideas.

Enjoy 2016’s harvest with this quick and easy honey mustard autumnal recipe:

Roasted Honey Mustard Chicken with Apples

 

Our honey mustard is tangy, delicious and made using our own honey from the 1,800 hives we have here at Chain Bridge! 100% natural ingredients and home-made on site. This is the ideal accompaniment to many meals and a feature in and of itself.

To get the most out of your cooking, seasonal is always best. We love this honey mustard chicken with apples recipe – you could even go out and pick your own cooking apples while the time is right!

Ingredients

3 Tbls Chain Bridge crunchy honey mustard

8 skin-on chicken thighs

Olive oil (extra virgin for extra tasty!)

1 Large onion

2 Cooking apples (PYO!)

230ml Chicken broth or stock

2 Tsps softened butter

1 Tbls plain flour

Salt, pepper & parsley to taste

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Get Cooking!

 

  • Preheat your over to 200 degrees C whilst you prep.

 

  • Season your chicken with salt and pepper and then fry until golden in your olive oil (around 10 minutes, flipping occasionally).

 

  • Once golden, put aside on a plate and keep 2 tablespoons of the oil/dripping for later.

 

  • Chop your onion and apples into chunks and fry up in the same pan for around 4 minutes, or until softened. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

 

  • Mix up your chicken stock and Chain Bridge crunchy honey mustard until well combined. Add to the pan, still containing the onions and apple and bring to the boil.

 

  • If using a cast iron skillet, you can now add the chicken thighs back into the mix, ready to put into the oven. Otherwise, transfer all the prepped ingredients so far into an oven-proof dish and roast for approx. 20 minutes or until your chicken is cooked through.

 

  • Whilst your chicken and apples are roasting, mix the softened butter and plain flour into a paste.

 

  • Remove your dish from the oven and transfer the chicken, apples and onions on to plates, ready to serve. This will be piping hot, so now’s the time to allow it to cool a bit.

 

  • Pop the juices in the pan back into a saucepan or skillet for the stove. Simmer and whisk in half of the butter/flour paste. Allow to thicken for a minute or two and then continue to add the remainder of the paste, as needed, to create a medium thick gravy. Season to taste.

 

  • Once your gravy is to your liking, pour over your plated chicken and apples. Sprinkle parsley on top if you wish and dig in!
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The Chain Bridge Honey Gardener’s Gift Guide

Is it too early to mention Christmas? Probably, but just in case you’re thinking about it already, have a birthday coming up or fancy treating someone special who loves gardening we thought we’d put together the perfect gardener’s gift guide!

Our online shop is packed full of great gift ideas for anyone who loves to potter around in the garden, from practical items to luxury bits and bobs – there’s something for everyone.

To help you put together the ideal gift basket or Christmas stocking (or perhaps you just fancy treating yourself!) here is our gardener’s gift guide:

Hand Cream

Hard-working hands are a inevitable product of avid gardening, so help keep those mitts soft, soothed and smelling beautiful with one of our 100% natural and deeply moisturising hand creams.

We’ve got a scent to suit everyone, from summer burst to fill your nostrils with warm, floral aromas, to the more unisex scents of citrus or lavender.

The essential oils we use in our hand creams aren’t just for smell though – read all about their beneficial properties in our blog ‘Essential Oils & Why We Use Them’ to discover the right one for you.

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Beeswax Polish

How about something that can be put to good, practical use? Our beeswax and carnauba furniture polish had to get a mention in our gardener’s gift guide, for the all important finishing touches on wooden garden furniture, or maybe even woodworking projects that get created in the garden!

This superior quality polish is exactly what you need for enduring protection and shine. Your gardener in mind will love this useful addition.

Beekeeping Book

It’s not at all unusual for people who love being in the garden to have a keen interest in bees – they do help flowers and plants flourish after all!

There are endless benefits to beekeeping, for us as individuals as well as the planet, so taking up beekeeping is a fantastic thing to do.

Point your loved one in the right direction for getting started with this invaluable book for beginners, ‘More Beekeeping Hints for Beginners’ by Ann Middleditch.

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Natural Ointment

The odd scrape, scratch and sting comes hand in hand with regular gardening, so including one of our healing ointments in our gardener’s gift guide was essential. Speed up the repair process with just a small dab of your chosen ointment – a little goes a long way.

For really impressive healing results, try our honey and oat ointment with added Propolis. Propolis is absolutely fantastic for fixing up any minor wounds: you can read all about it here.

Honey Soap

Once it’s time to pack up and come inside, clean up in luxury with one (or a selection of) our gentle honey and beeswax soaps. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin and containing no less than 8% honey and 8% beeswax from our own hives for a luxurious experience, our soaps are a real treat.

Available in a wide range of natural scents and hand-wrapped in colourful, waxed paper, making these a great addition to our gardener’s gift guide.

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Tweedside Honey

It’s hungry work slaving away in the garden, so revive with a cup of tea and a slice of toast slathered in our delicious, mild honey.

You may have noticed that we’re pretty proud of our honey products and eating it has got to be of the best ways to enjoy our beekeeper’s and bee’s hard work!

Coming straight from our 1,800 hives in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, it doesn’t get any better than this. A must have in the gardener’s gift guide.