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September is National Honey Month

Each year, as this time of year comes around, it brings out an opportunity to reflect on cycles of our world. Last winter, bees of all types were hunkered down in their nests or hives. Come February, here in California at least, the early blooms start to break ground. By the middle of the month, almonds are in full bloom up and down the state. Bees feed on the nectar and pollen of the abundant and beautiful almond blossoms.

Celebrating Mead!

In celebration of Mead Day August 7th, the Center is excited to announce the re-entering of on-site mead education field this coming winter. It has been a long time coming!

Frozen Honey

Frozen honey has gone viral, becoming a new trendy snack that’s perfect for the summer.

For those of you who follow unique food trends (aka experiments) Frozen Honey, also referred to as Frozen Honey Jelly, has now taken center stage on TikTok.

For those in the industry, there is nothing new about frozen honey. Freezing honey is the best way to ensure it retains its natural flavor, color and purity.

That said, some forms of honey are always best stored in the freezer.

It's Iced Tea Season!

As summer approaches, the need for liquid intake increases. Many resort to a refreshingly simple iced tea.

You’ve made your brew. Perhaps you let a grouping of tea bags sit in the summer sun. Or maybe you boiled some water and immersed your tea ball. Black, green or herbal – no matter - the pitcher is in the fridge cooling down.

Soon you will be able to add some ice, a sprig of mint and a bit of sweetener.

Crowdfunding at UC Davis

Crowdfund UC Davis debuted one year ago as a twice-a-year platform, February and October, to strengthen university programs and their positive community impacts. Student, faculty and staff teams apply to be part of the platform and are responsible for marketing and networking their projects for fundraising success.

Honey and Apples: A Sweet Fall Adventure

It’s fall. Some of our favorite fruits and vegetables are in stores and at the farmer’s market. Pumpkins, dried flowers, and… apples! Lots and lots of apples of many varieties. Some are crisp and tangy. Some are sweet and soft. Some are green. Others yellow and most are red – or have lots of red on them. Some are large, some small, round, oblong – you name it. There are so many options when it comes to this delectable fruit.

Coriander and Tomatoes

Coriander Honey is a unique and special treat. Its savory undertones are always a surprise. The complexity – a bit of cardamom, some licorice and a dark hint of chocolate are just so intriguing! How do you use a honey like this? It could make an interesting addition in a cocktail or as an ingredient in a barbeque sauce. Here at the Honey and Pollination Center, we tasted and tried Coriander honey to balance the acid in our summer’s tomato sauces and soups.

Myths and Facts: Asian Hornet

Every couple years something comes along in the world of the honey bee that attracts a great deal of attention. Many years ago it was the African bee that had been inadvertently let free and eventually made its way from Brazil up through Central America and into the southern United States. Now, with more and more research, we are learning how to live with this strain of honey bee that is a fabulous honey producer.

Zapatista Honey

Ever hear of Zapatista Honey? What?

There’s a flower called ‘zapatista?’

No way. . .

That’s right – there is no flower called Zapatista. But there is a group of indigenous Mexicans who bear that title – and they are making honey. And, of course, it is called Zapatista Honey. Much of their living is done collectively and raising bees and selling the honey is just one of these.

A Sweet New Year

A Sweet New Year

As the year comes to a close, we at the Honey and Pollination Center wish to express our gratitude for your support of the work we did in 2019.

On Picnic Day, the plaza outside the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Sensory Building was once again filled with students, families and people (and their dogs) dressed as bees! Over 2000 people tasted honey from the center and enjoyed the grape vine give-away, olive oil samples, and delicious ice cream from UC Davis food science students!

Honey and Pollination Center Calendar of Events 2019-2020

A quick look at The Honey and Pollination Center's upcoming events and courses. To stay updated and informed, sign up for our newsletter HERE.

2019

June 23, 2019: Somm Day

An invitation only event for sommeliers and writers offering education and tasting of mead. Keynotes: Patrick McGovern and Gillian Balance. In coordination with the CIA.

June 24-27, 2019: Mead 301

Holiday Recipes

With the holidays just around the corner, we are often asked for recipe favorites that include honey. Here are some of our favorites using our UC Davis honeys:

Honey Roasted Carrots

A simple recipe that will be sure to sweeten up any holiday meal.