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Zapatista Honey

March 09, 2020

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

December 31, 2019
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 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.

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

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.