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Bee Brain: The Waggle Dance

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So-called "lower" organisms often show sophisticated learning abilities that aid their survival and reproduction. Bees and their relatives are especially good at learning the location and appearance of flowers.

How do they do this? The waggle dance.

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Topics: Insider, Bee Life, History, Save the Bees

Grilling with Honey: An American Tradition

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Few activities evoke American leisure time more than grilling, but can Americans lay claim to inventing the technique? In a word, no. Grilling, when the term is used loosely, dates back to shortly after the discovery of fire by our ancient ancestors—some 500,000 to one million years ago, well before Dad started flipping burgers in the backyard.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Recipes, Entertaining, Seafood, Summer, History

7 Hacks to Bring Summer Entertaining from “Summer Steam” to “Al Fresco”

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Summer should be easy. It's a time for easy reading, easy clothing and all-around easy living. With the bounty of the earth at its greatest, it's also time to share in the joy of good food, al fresco. We like to entertain as simply as possible without sacrificing deliciousness, and you can too. Check out our tips for easy summer entertaining, and raise a glass, and a plate, to family, friends and summer fun.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Recipes, Cocktails, Entertaining, Summer

Summer Sipping: Our Top 5 Honey Cocktails for the Season

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Nothing says summer like an afternoon spent sipping an ice-cold cocktail in the great outdoors. No surprise—our favorites involve plenty of honey, and below we've collected the best of the best for the season. Happy Summer!

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Recipes, Cocktails, Summer

Varietal Spotlight: Florida Orange Blossom Honey

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Few foods have the power to transport us quite like Florida Orange Blossom Honey—one taste and our senses are on a journey through the orange grove. This varietal, light to medium amber in color, has a fresh scent and a gentle citrus taste. Follow the flavor and it takes you to a not-so-sweet but captivating finish, evoking a grove filled with bees and fresh citrus blossoms, and leaving you curious for what else lies in store. Orange Blossom Honey has a high count of large pollen grains, leading to rapid, grainy crystallization and a satisfying crunch.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Recipes, Summer

Varietal Spotlight: Colorado Sweet Yellow Clover Honey

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We know we've bottled magic whenever we taste a new harvest of Sweet Yellow Clover Honey. An opaque and pearly beauty, the honey features a luxurious creamy texture and a mild flavor. Think up-front sweetness followed by notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. One of the lightest and brightest of our offerings, Sweet Yellow Clover can appear anywhere from water white to golden yellow, and crystallizes quickly due to its high count of small pollen grains. Though it looks similar to whipped or creamed honey, this varietal achieves its consistency through nature alone—no processing or manipulation needed.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Recipes, Summer

Varietal Spotlight: Maine Wild Raspberry Honey

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When life calls for a punch of sweetness, there's one honey that always does the trick. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Wild Raspberry Honey combines a recognizable light amber color with the flavor complexity found only in a raw, single varietal. A subtle aroma of cocoa butter leads to a unique berry-forward finish, making this honey a consistent crowd favorite.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Recipes, Summer, fruit

Six Ways to Repurpose Bee Raw Jars

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In honor of Earth Day, we’re spreading that old-fashioned joy: recycling. And on Earth Day and every day, we strive to be environmentally sustainable, in part by using post-consumer paper and glass packaging for our products.

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Topics: Insider, How-to, Earth Day

What Can I Do to Save the Bees?

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Sure, you may not be able to set up hives on your roof or in your back yard anytime soon. But to save our endangered bees, you don't need to. Believe it or not, there are several other simple things we can do to help keep bees in our communities flourishing.

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Topics: Insider, Bee Life, Colony Collapse Disorder, How-to, Save the Bees

What Is Colony Collapse Disorder?

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In recent years scientists have fretted over the future of bees, and although research has shed much light on the crisis, those in the bee business—from hive keepers to commercial farmers—say the insects remain in deep trouble as their colonies continue to struggle.

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Topics: Insider, Bee Life, Colony Collapse Disorder, History, Save the Bees