Pressed and comb honey
The gold from the bees, the wild collectors in the middle of Berlin, natural beekeeping, the harvest from a whole year, spring and summer, cold pressed and directly filled in glasses – so it contains all valuable ingredients, and touches of pollen and propolis.
Pollen analysis from the annual honey has revealed a wildly diverse mix (pollen from the nectar-producing plants): goddess tree (46%), lime (15%), sweet chestnut (15%), horse chestnut (8%), blackberry/raspberry (4%) and maple (3%) and honeydew (the sweet sap of aphids).
Sales take place at bee tours and info events and in these shops and cafés:
Nonna Café & Co | Greifswalder Str. 231, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg | comb honey, large jars 14€, small jars 6€
KAFFE | Immanuelkirchstraße 6, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg | comb honey, large jars 14€, small jars 6€.
Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv, in the shop, the little house at the entrance, St. Jacobi Friedhof | Hermannstraße 99-105, 12051 Berlin Neukölln | comb honey, large jars 14€, small jars 6€.
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How it became honey
The record numbers: Tens of thousands of bees have flown to 5 million flowers for this honey in a 500gr jar in 10.000 flight missions and 5.000 flight hours and have collected nectar and honeydew. They make these trips in a 3 km radius from a wild green island in Prenzlauer Berg, their metropolitan residence Berlin.
These are paradisiacal feeding conditions for bees: a diverse tree and flower landscape and a year-round supply of traditional costumes – in other words, no periods of hunger due to monocultures and large-scale insecticide use as is common in the countryside. Berlin honey has demonstrably better values than drinking water quality.
In late summer the honey is harvested with the natural combs, pressed by hand or directly packed in its original form as comb honey for humans in jars. Only surpluses are harvested, which the bees do not need as winter fodder. Sugar is fed only when necessary.
In beekeeping according to the nature of the bees, the well-being of the bees is in the foreground and not the maximization of the honey yield. Further characteristics of this are: The queen can move throughout the entire hive, even up to her old age. The colony multiplies through the swarm drive, and the drones ♂ among the many Arbeiterinnen♀ are kept alive, not killed, which is practiced in industrial beekeeping to reduce the Varroa mite. Only organic acids and natural treatments are used for this.
For a healthy room climate bee dwellings made of wood and not of styrofoam are provided, in which they build their own natural honeycombs as interior decoration: they sweat wax and build cells for offspring, food and as swinging dance floor for communication – Schwänzeltanz deluxe.
What honey is
The gold of bees. Honey contains the active ingredients of the plants, which are fermented in the nectar by the bees, which makes it so valuable and durable. This honey will taste different every year and has many nuances of the Berlin environment: tart chestnut, sweet black locust, aromatic lime tree or God’s tree honey as the main aromas – with all the colorful flowers of the parks and streets… Forget-me-not and wild wine are other main destinations of the excursions.
has more flavors compared to extracted honey – by crushing and then pressing the honeycombs, pollen and propolis also pass into the honey and enrich the taste and healing power.
What is left over from pressing the honeycombs are the wax pieces with a little honey. Ideal as chewing gum, the wax can be chewed for a long time. In the end, you can melt down the wax for candles, shape figures or iron wax cloth with it.
has no contact with air during harvest, so there are still many aromas. It also contains propolis, enzymes and enzymes that cannot be extracted from the wax and which come into their own through prolonged chewing. This prevents colds, strengthens the immune system and even has anti-allergenic effects: hay fever and other allergies largely lose their horror. It is best to eat it pure with a spoon or spread it on bread, the wax can be spat out or swallowed in small pieces, it is not digested.
Fresh honey is liquid, the later crystallization is variety-dependent and a sign of quality, as this indicates gentle processing without heating. Honey can be stored and consumed for years in closed containers, even beyond the labeling requirement of 2 years shelf life. And as the cool and dark pharonic tombs showed, where honey was sampled in clay jugs when they were found – it can be eaten almost forever. Whether this little jar will be filled for such a long time is rather due to the frequency of your enjoyment.
Honey keeps its valuable contents materials up to a heating of 40˚C. It is worthwhile to consume it raw or to let the tea cool down before sweetening.
With caution: Babies should get honey for consumption only starting from the first year of life. With toddlers and larger humans the Darmflora can develop with the honey consumption then very well.
Summarized: Honey has a positive and healing effect on the organism because it contains anti-inflammatory enzymes, bioactive substances and antioxidants.
Besides all the sweet delicious ingredients that make our happiness hormones dance.