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It's Iced Tea Season!

June 09, 2021

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.

A Return to Research

June 08, 2021

The Honey and Pollination Center is committed to researching and understanding the nuances of the varietal honeys of the United States.

Several years ago we staged a preliminary study developing a honey tasting panel and utilizing University resources in the areas of gas chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, HPLC, and pollen analysis. We focused on three well-known varietal honeys: Orange Blossom, Clover (white and sweet) and cultivated Buckwheat.

Keeping You in the Loop

April 28, 2021

With the onslaught of the pandemic and with it the closing of traditional forms of education, the Honey and Pollination Center found itself trying to understand how best to move forward. Over the course of the year, we have run 3 on-line programs. Each one quite different from the one before. A mead sensory course, a honey sensory training and a program on honey adulteration. With each program we learned more and more about the issues of working online. With our new mead course, Getting Creative, we are putting together some creative concepts that we developed over the past 14 months.

Let's Talk Comfort Food: Honey Oatmeal Cookies

March 03, 2021
Nothing says comfort like oatmeal cookies.

Everyone has their favorite: some with raisins, nuts, chocolate chips or a bit of everything! Here are some tips and tricks to creating the perfect oatmeal cookies:

Crowdfunding at UC Davis

February 04, 2021

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.

Let's Talk Comfort Food: Masala Chai

December 02, 2020

The traditional season of comfort food has begun. Along with it, we are searching for easy, tasty and aromatic delights.

Honey and Apples: A Sweet Fall Adventure

October 13, 2020

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.

Fires and Honey Bee Colories

September 08, 2020

Smoke fills the air. What we here in Davis and Sacramento breathe is considered unhealthy. As fires rage through Northern California and much of the West stripping our land of trees and homes, many have been thinking about the animals some of whom escape danger and others who cannot. Some of you may have thought about the beekeepers and what happens to the honey bees that are sprinkled throughout the countryside collecting nectar and producing wildflower honey.

Coriander and Tomatoes

August 17, 2020

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

May 14, 2020

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

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.


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