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Holiday Recipes

November 29, 2018

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.

Taste This: The Connoisseurs Guide to Tasting Honey with Amina Harris at UC Davis

June 26, 2018

 No one honey is ever the same. KQED's Taste This visits Amina Harris, Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis, to learn how to appreciate honey the same way you’d appreciate a fine wine. Discover the subtleties of honey and buzz into a new world of flavors. 

The Honey and Pollination Center will be hosting an in-depth sensory experience tasting honey October 26-28, 2018. Learn more here.

UC Davis Mead Making Courses Overview

May 29, 2018

Mead is ‘hot’ right now. Everyone is willing to try a taste of this fascinating and ancient beverage. A few of you want to know more.

The Honey and Pollination Center, working in concert with the Department of Viticulture and Enology has re-envisioned our mead course offerings.

Honey: Intrinsically Non-GMO

March 20, 2018

by Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis
(with input from Kent Bradford, Interim Faculty Director, World Food Center)

Questions have been raised with respect to whether honey produced by bees that might visit genetically modified crop plants should also be considered to be GMO. First, what is a “GMO”?

Defining the term “Genetically Modified Organism” (GMO):

4th Annual Bee Symposium to focus on Backyard Beekeeping

February 06, 2018

World renowned animal behaviorist, Thomas D. Seeley will address his latest interest, Darwinian Beekeeping, during the 4th Annual Bee Symposium at UC Davis, March 3rd. Presented by both the Honey and Pollination Center as well as the Department of Entomology and Nematology, this year’s program will focus on issues and interests of backyard beekeepers.

The Styles and Nuances of Mead - February 10-11, 2018

January 10, 2018

Mead is popular. The industry is growing quickly. A new meadery is opening every three days here in the United States. It is time to learn about all the nuances this ancient and beautiful beverage holds. The Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis is hosting ‘The Styles and Nuances of Mead’, February 9 and 10, 2018.

A honey of an educational odyssey -- and you're invited

October 18, 2017
Attend UC Davis' Honey Sensory Experience November 10-11  

Show me the honey!

You've probably tasted wine in California's acclaimed Wine Country, but have you ever tasted honey in the nation's rapidly growing “Honey Country”—the University of California, Davis?

Now you can.

Why This UC Davis Course Is Sweet

October 18, 2017
Just how much do we know about honey?  

"The bee hive is the ultimate home sweet home," Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, told the crowd at the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, held in early September at UC Davis.

She's right. Just as birds maintain a "home tweet home," honey bees and honey connoisseurs insist on a "home sweet home."

CATCH THE BUZZ – UC Davis is the Place to Bee to Learn About and Experience Honey! Honey Sensory Experience November 10-11, 2017

October 11, 2017
Catch the Buzz on the Honey Sensory Experience - Bee Culture Magazine  

For the past nine months, the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis, has been studying the many facets of honey: flavor, aroma, color, pollen and nutrition. The Center has established and trained a honey sensory panel within the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology. After an initial training, the panel tasted and scored three varietal honeys with samples produced from across the country.

UC Davis is the Place to Bee to Learn About and Experience Honey!

September 15, 2017
Honey Sensory Experience November 10-11, 2017  

For the past nine months, the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis, has been studying the many facets of honey: flavor, aroma, color, pollen and nutrition. The Center has established and trained a honey sensory panel within the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology. After an initial training, the panel tasted and scored three varietal honeys with samples produced from across the country.

Buying Organic Honey? Here’s What You Should Know.

July 11, 2017
Organic honey might not be as accessible and as great as you might think.  

“It takes two million individual blossoms to produce a pound of honey,” explains Zac Browning, owner of Browning’s Honey Company in Jamestown, North Dakota. On a June morning, his hives are humming. The little sacs on the bees’ hind legs are bright yellow with pollen from dandelion, clover, and other wild plants blooming around the apiary.