Watermelon is always a welcome treat during the summer months with its dark and light green stripes and its sweet and juicy red fruit. But without honey bees, there would be no seedless watermelons and seeded watermelons would be far less common and also misshapen and stunted. Bees have to work very hard to pollinate a seedless watermelon, making up to two-dozen pollination visits for a single fruit to form.
Gardening is a beloved American pastime with a regional flair depending upon one’s climate. Temperature ranges, sunlight levels and precipitation all influence what types of plants are best suited for different areas of the country. Regardless of where one lives, gardens offer people the ability to express themselves through nature, like how artists, musicians and other creators express themselves through their respective medium.
The Pros: Over a period of 140 million years, flowering plants and pollinators have co-evolved to create a process of pollination that ultimately sustains all life on the planet. Honey bees are the most important pollinators because they are the only insects that actively interact with the pollen, consistently forage in the same area around the hive, and visit single floral sources on each of their foraging trips.
This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth,” with the mission to encourage us to preserve our natural resources and improve the health of our planet. Typically, Earth Day events include large gatherings of people helping to clean up rivers and streams or remove invasive plants. With social distancing still in place around the country, the majority of Earth Day celebrations taking place this April 22nd will be mainly online.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bee America is highlighting entrepreneurs who have embraced some aspect of honeybees and their life cycle and provide them with a platform to talk about their “pandemic passion.” In the first of this series, we would like to introduce you to Rocio Espinoza, who has been inspired to take up backyard beekeeping.
Did you know that honey bees harvest or make a total of six hive products that humans use for nutritional and medicinal purposes? These products are honey, pollen, royal jelly, beeswax, propolis, and venom. We invite you to learn more about the benefits of honey from our January 2020 blog post. In this January 2021 blog post, we wanted to tell you more about the other, less well-known bee products.
In a year marked by fear, uncertainty and loss, it seems more important than ever to let those special people in our lives know how much we appreciate and care for them. Homemade gifts come from the heart and are treasured all the more for the love and effort that goes into making them. This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to give family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, a gift they will cherish because it is handmade with them in mind. The good news is that homemade gifts don’t need to be hard, time-consuming or expensive to make.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bee America is highlighting entrepreneurs who have embraced some aspect of honeybees and their life cycle and provide them with a platform to talk about their “pandemic passion.” In the first of this series, we would like to introduce you to Willie Harner, who has been inspired to make beautiful beeswax candles.
With so much of our life in turmoil this year, taking solace in the little things and participating in soothing rituals has become essential to ensuring one’s peace of mind. Given all this uncertainty, isn’t it comforting to know that some things will always remain the same? One of those immutable items is honey. Honey has been called the only food that truly lasts forever, thanks to synergy between its miraculous chemistry and the artisanal attention of bees.
Being outdoors has been a refuge for many during the long months of quarantine brought on by COVID-19. And gardening —whether tending a few cherished plants in pots on a stoop, a balcony oasis, or a full-blown yard full of flowers, shrubs and trees—has been an activity that has helped people cope with the stresses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.