Our Bee Sensual Bees
Our bees are wonderful! They work hard and love – no, are obsessed – with honey. Honey bees are actually fiendishly addicted to this liquid gold. We see this when we open one of our Bee Sensual hives during a honey flow (when certain plants flower profusely and produce copious quantities of nectar – beekeepers call this period a honey flow). If there happens to be a spill of it within the hive they make a bee-line straight to the golden goodness and then nothing can disturb them. You can even give them a little nudge with your finger at the tip of their abdomen. This houses their sting, and at any other time a poke in this area could result in a sore, hot, fat-tipped finger.
The latin name for our European honey bees means literally bee honey – apis (bee) and mellifera (nectar or honey).
Our philosophy on beekeeping is that it is a two way street, we keep the bees and they keep us – in honey and bee products – which equates to our livelihood. Since Varroa mite was first detected in NZ in 2000, the honey bee now depends on us humans for survival. A healthy happy hive is a productive hive, so all of our beekeeping is focused on making life as comfortable for our bees as possible. After all, they do all the hard work!
The work of our happy bees is channelled in two ways at Bee Sensual Honey. Firstly, they provide a vital role in pollinating the avocado orchards of the Far North. Avocados, along with many other food crops, need honeybees to pollinate their flowers in order for them to produce the food that you and I depend on. Secondly, our bees collect honey from the native bush and meadows of Northland. This includes the amazing world-renown active manuka honey.
Harlan, our wonderful beekeeper (among many other things), has been working with honey bees for over 16 years now and loves it more every day. To be honest, he’s obsessed! I (Kali) compete with the hundreds of thousands of little female bees for his time, especially in spring and summer 😉
Find out more about our history with bees and bee products on Our Story page.