09 Jan Fewster’s Farm Honey
Fewster’s Farm Honey | January 2024 Newsletter
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Fewster’s Farm Honey – January 2024 News
Welcome to the January issue of our Newsletter!
From the Bee Keeper…
As we step into 2024, we do so with immense appreciation for the continued support of our valued customers.
We are honoured to have you as a part of our broader Fewster’s family. Happy New Year to you all and here’s hoping for a good one!
We can experience some sweltering days in our Southern Hemisphere summer and with a colony of tens of thousands of bees inside a hive, you’d expect things to get pretty hot! But we don’t see honey dripping out of the hives or bees with heatstroke. This is because bees have some very clever ways of keeping themselves cool.
Firstly, the location of the hive is important which is why we place our hives within the dense Jarrah Forests just outside Perth at this time of year. There are plenty of flowering Jarrah trees providing food and shelter from the harsh West Australian sun.
Secondly, when it’s really hot, bees can develop their own air conditioning system inside the hive. Bees need a lot of water to dilute the honey and to maintain optimal humidity. During hot weather, the colony prioritises collecting water over nectar. Small droplets of water are placed on the honeycomb surface, after which the bees fan their wings causing the
water to evaporate which cools down the hive.
Finally, another trick bees employ to cool down involves the bees leaving the hive. Any bee not tasked with caring for the queen or ‘air conditioning’ duties leaves and hangs outside the hive to make it less crowded. This eventually helps with cooling the hive. Bees are truly remarkable!
2 cups coconut milk*
6 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Fewster’s honey
Honey granola (optional)
*Use coconut milk from a carton from the longlife milk section, not the tinned coconut milk you would find in the Asian section of the supermarket.
Combine the coconut milk, chia seeds, vanilla and honey in a medium bowl. Mix well until the honey has dissolved. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
Stir well and divide the pudding into individual portions. Serve with fresh berries and granola, if desired.