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Honey Sensory Course is a Broad-Based Learning Experience

October 21, 2019
Honey Sensory Course is a Broad-Based Learning Experience


The Sensory Evaluation of Honey Course, held annually at UC Davis has grown into a three-day event that covers everything in the world of honey. This year’s program will take place November 7-9, 2019 in the Sensory Theater at the Robert Mondavi Institute.

A Letter from the Director

September 26, 2019
A Letter from the Director Tasting honey – A worldwide experience of flavor


When I think about Sensory Evaluation of Honey coming up November 7-9th, I ponder exactly what I’d like each attendee to take home. As many of you know, I have been involved with honey and honey production for well over 40 years. It’s a long time. And, as many of you know, I have literally hundreds of honeys in my office and have tasted those and so many more.

Honey and Pollination Center Calendar of Events 2019-2020

May 14, 2019

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.


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

December 07, 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."