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Glamorous Job

By Alison Jubb - 1 April 2017

Beekeeping is not the most glamorous of jobs and it doesn't get much better when jarring.

Worth it though, just made the first Apimist mix of the year, honey, fresh Royal Jelly and propolis combined.

Royal Jelly Composition

By Alison Jubb - 10 July 2016


                                        Royal Jelly in Queen cells

Royal jelly is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens. It is secreted from the glands in the hypopharynx of worker bees, and fed to all larvae in the colony, regardless of sex or caste.

When worker bees decide to make a new queen, because the old one is either weakening or dead, they choose several small larvae and feed them with copious amounts of royal jelly in specially constructed queen cells. This type of feeding triggers the development of queen morphology, including the fully developed ovaries needed to lay eggs.

Royal Jelly - Book by Roald Dahl

By Alison Jubb - 8 July 2016

In all our years of beekeeping, making & selling Apimist and Royal Jelly, I had never realised that there was a book by Roald Dahl called Royal Jelly - fancy that!

Honey & Hayfever

By Alison Jubb - 27 June 2016

Hayfever and Honey, local honey or honey with added Pollen.

Husband caught smoking

By Alison Jubb - 23 June 2016

He just can't help himself