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Delicious local honey from our own Bridge End Garden is now on sale at Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, Market Square – it’s so good the bees want it back!
Have you ever wondered how bees make honey?
Although there are about 20,000 different species ofbees in the world, only the honeybee makes the kind of honey we are used to eating. These bees produce honey to feed themselves, which makes them different from creatures that eat things like fruits, nuts and other insects. Honeybees make honey as a way of storing and saving food for colder months when they are not able to leave their hive as often and there are not as many flowers to gather food from.
You might be wondering, if honeybees make honey to feed themselves, is it ok for humans to take it and eat it, too? The answer is yes, since these bees actually make about two to three times more honey each year than they need to survive the winter.
Honeybees live together in colonies which can consist of around 60,000 bees.In fact, a single honeybee will only create about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey it its entire life! That is not even enough to sweeten a cup of tea!