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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.

Graduate Student Winners - Bee Symposium 2017

May 31, 2017
Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Contest at the Bee Symposium 2017 on May 7th.  

The Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Graduate Student Poster contest at the annual Bee Symposium held May 7, 2017. The Symposium, hosted by the Center and the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis, is underwritten by the Springcreek Foundation.

Woodland To Host California's First Honey-Themed Festival

May 11, 2017
Amina Harris, Director of the Honey & Pollination Center on Capitol Public Radio, Insight.  

"California harvests millions of pounds of honey each year, bringing tens of millions of dollars to farmers in the Golden State.

Its diversity in flavor and texture, as well as purported medicinal value, has grown interest in the crop dramatically.

In Woodland this weekend, the inaugural California Honey Festival kicks off with guest speakers, concerts and tons of delicious honey-themed treats.

The Sweetest Festival Around

May 11, 2017
Amina Harris, Director of the Honey & Pollination Center giving a tasting with Chef Casey Willard from Seka Hills, cooking  

"The California Honey Festival is almost here! Chef Casey Willard joined us in the kitchen to cook up a delicious asparagus meal using honey. Amina Harris, executive director of the UCD Honey and Pollination Center, talks about all of the fun going on at the festival. There will be honey tastings, bee keeping, a kid zone, food and beer, and more! Check out the California Honey Festival and have a sweet time."


ACTION NEEDED Concerning New Honey Labeling Regulations

March 01, 2017
The honey industry needs your help!  

From Amina Harris
Director, Honey and Pollination Center
Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis

For the past several months the FDA has been reviewing new Nutrition Labeling Guidelines for all foods. The tentative guideline for HONEY is of particular concern. The suggested ruling is very confusing requiring natural packaged honey to list both “Total Sugar” and “Added Sugar” at 17 grams.

The question? How can honey, which is a totally natural product, have sugar added to it?

February Promises to Be 'Honey of a Month' for UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center

January 25, 2017
Kathy Keatley Garvey writes about our two upcoming events, World of Honey on February 1st and the Feast on February 11th  

"February promises to be a "honey of a month" for the Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis."

Join the Honey & Pollination Center for two special sweet events:

  • World of Honey North America honey tasting on Wednesday, February 1st
  • The Feast: A Celebration of Mead and Honey on Saturday, February 11th


What a Feast It Will Be, Benefiting Honey and Pollination Center

January 25, 2017
The Feast fundraising dinner coming up on Saturday, February 11th by UC Davis Dateline  

"The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center’s annual Feast, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, will celebrate mead and honey, as usual, and something else: a new partnership to bring a pollinator-friendly kitchen garden to the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

2017 Feast: A Celebration of Mead and Honey

November 29, 2016
The fourth annual fundraiser for the Honey & Pollination Center--inviting the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden to the table!  

The Feast: A Celebration of Mead and Honey is a tasty way to celebrate pollinators, honey, mead and all the wonderful fruits and vegetables they help bring to the table. This year’s Feast will be held Saturday evening, February 11 at 6pm in the Sensory Building Foyer, Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis.

Adding notes of flavor, honey sweetens new year

November 17, 2016

"It’s time to savor the sweet life.

As part of Rosh Hashanah celebrations marking the Jewish New Year, slices of apple are dipped in honey. It’s an ancient custom symbolizing good wishes for a sweet new year.

“It’s such a natural thing to want to do,” said Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center. “It makes celebration easy. Kids love it. Why not make a mess of your tabletop? Have fun.”

But which honey tastes best? That’s where the sweet life gets a little complicated."