The Art of Bee Keeping.
Bee keeping and honey making becomes more enjoyable if you are able to do it through your own effort and enjoy your effort. Bee keeping can either be looked at as a hobby or as business venture depending on why you are doing it. Honey is produced by the worker bees in a colony . Worker bees begin by making combs as areas where they will bring up the young ones and also as honey storage units. Pollination takes place when the bees go from flower to flower collecting nectar and pass pollen grains in the process. Nectar from flowers is similar to sucrose and it contains other beneficial substances as well. The sucrose collected by the bees is turned into glucose and fructose by some enzyme action that and that makes the honey.
The enzyme glucose oxidase takes a small portion of the glucose and converts it into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The gluconic acid makes the honey resistant to fungi , mold and any other type of bacteria. The hydrogen peroxide provides the honey with short term protection as it ripens or made ready for the larvae to be consumed as food. Different jars of honey will have different colors and tastes , this will be because the nectar influences both color and taste. There is nothing wrong with being hooked on a certain color of honey but the fact is that color of honey does not in any way affect the quality of the honey.
Bee keeping as a business can become very profitable if approached in the right way. Bee keeping business does not mean that you will cash in on honey production alone there are a lot of products that the bees leave around that will make you serious money. With a creative marketing team you can make money from pollination services where you offer you offer your bees to farmers for a fee. The market for honey combs and wax still exists and you stand to make money with such products as well.
Most bee keepers who work on it as a full time business will agree that it takes time to build the business up but when it gets at the desired spot it will definitely pay off. Bee keeping does not requires acres of land or expansive hives making the business easier to run and commit to as well. In bee keeping you will not be engaged much physically, it’s one of the reasons why people take it as a hobby. Bee keepers are not the same , some take the business as a simple hobby others are fully into it. In bee keeping you are either a commercial bee keeper ,a sideliner or just taking it as a hobby which ever it is love and enjoy every moment.