Son of Bee: Raw Honey vs. Bee Pollen

Located in Grahamsville, NY, Son of a Bee is a family business run by James, Theresa, and Nicholas Wells. According to James, the family trade had an unusual start: " My great-grandfather lived in the Adirondacks and was a hard-working man who worked in a GE light-bulb factory. The story goes, that one day when he was walking back from from work he encountered a swarm of bees, caught them, and brought them home. Originally, my great-grandfather would use the honey to barter for food for his 11 kids, and since then bee-keeping has always been a part of our family. For years, we raised bees for our own enjoyment, and it was not until two years ago that we decided to expand. Oh, and the name 'Son of a Bee'...supposedly, our great-grandfather almost never swore, but when he did, he would shout 'Son of a Bee!"

As fourth generations honey-makers, Son of a Bee is committed to providing all-natural, unprocessed, raw honey stored in sustainable glass bottles. They supply both raw honey and bee pollen to the Co-op—but, what, may you ask, is the difference between these products? Let's see. 

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Raw honey, as opposed to commercially produced and pasteurized honey, contains up to 30 bio-active plant compounds known as polyphenols that act as powerful anti-oxidants. Studies show that raw honey can contain up to four times the amount of these anti-oxidants as processed honey– providing a significant source of immune and energy support.

Like raw honey, bee pollen contains these polyphenols, but in higher amounts and with greater levels of iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. 

Think of it like fruit puree vs. fruit infused water. Both have health benefits, but one is more potent and delivers vitamins in more concentrated amounts. 

Next time that you come into the Co-op look for Son of a Bee honey products in our Grocery and Health sections. Not only do we carry Clover, Wildflower, and Buckwheat honey, but we now carry Son of  Bee's Blueberry honey offered in limited supply. 

Oh, and for a couple of creative recipe ideas, see below:

Honey Chia Seed Pudding

INGREDIENTS

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2 tablespoons of Son of a Bee honey

2 cups of coconut milk

6 tablespoons of chia seeds

1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Fresh berries

DIRECTIONS

Combine the coconut milk, chia seeds, vanilla and honey in a medium sized bowl. Mix well until the honey has dissolved. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

Stir well and serve with fresh berries.

Avocado Toast with Black Garlic and Bee Pollen

 INGREDIENTS

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2 Slices of bread of choice

Tahini

2 Black Garlic gloves

1 Avocado

Half a lemon

Son of a Bee—bee pollen

Salt, Pepper, Chili flakes & Cayenne 

INSTRUCTIONS

- Toast your two slices of bread

- Spread on a layer of tahini and sprinkle with cayenne pepper

- Crush black garlic, and spread on top of tahini

- Slice avocado and lay across toast

- Drizzle lemon on top

- Sprinkle over a light spread of bee pollen

- Season with salt, pepper & chili flakes to taste

Enjoy!

Danielle Adams