Hollywood has never been known to produce factually correct films, from historical events to the intricacies of animal connections. He unites the “pollen jocks” – the male bees that leave the hive to collect pollen, which the male and female bees from the hive, in their dull jobs, turn into honey.
Real life is quite different. It’s the female bees that leave the hive in search of pollen, the men who stay as drones to do the work of the hive. The storyline of Bee Movie could have been so much better if this little fact had not been obscured, but that is a topic for another report.
Let us return to the facts about bees. Bees produce honey, which has long been considered nature’s perfect food, and bee pollen honey and products based products are becoming increasingly popular with today’s consumer.
Bee pollen products
Bees (female ones) leave the hive to find pollen from a number of flowers. When they return, the worker bees (males) take the pollen and pack it into granules, adding honey (otherwise known as nectar), which can be used as food from the hive. Humans harvest this bee pollen, otherwise called bee bread or ambrosia.
What’s intriguing about bee pollen is that no two batches are alike. The “pollen jockettes” (if I may so term them) bring back pollen from many different sources, and this alters the composition of the pollen.
So, what do bee pollen products do humans make?
Bath and body products enriched with bee pollen are very popular today.
Honey based products
Again, honey has long been considered as nature’s perfect food. Really, people have been eating honey since practically the start of time – it is even mentioned in the Bible.
Today, people consume honey as a condiment on bread, on ice cream, or even by itself. Additionally, it is used as a sweetener in honey barbecue, and honey mustard is extremely popular.
All bees produce honey, but only the honey produced by honey bees is edible by humans. Bees create honey with a process I won’t go into here (well, if you must know, they change nectar (pollen) into honey by regurgitating it), but it is then saved in honeycombs as part of the food supply.
Honey based products include honey, of course, and even mead. Some of the beers also use it as a flavoring ingredient. Additionally it is used to make aromatic candles.
Why we need bees
Lots of people find bees annoying and will kill them on sight, which is a shame because all bees play an important service for humanity. Since they go from flower to flower collecting pollen, they also deposit pollen on these flowers, “pollinating” them, and insuring that blossoms themselves survive!
So treat bees nicely!