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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."

The Taste of Honey--Pomegranate Honey

November 02, 2016
"Last spring you may have seen honey bees pollinating the showy pomegranate blossoms.  

The ancient fruit, first cultivated around 4000 B.C. in Persia and known as "the fruit of kings," bursts with flavor, antioxidants and medicinal qualities.

But have you ever tasted the honey? Pomegranate honey?

What's For Dinner?

November 02, 2016
Ann Evans, a founder of the Davis Farmers Market, Food Co-op, and designer of the Feast menu at the Honey & Pollination Center, updates her cookbook  

The recipe for pears with blue cheese, walnuts and honey is featured in the Davis Farmers Market Cookbook. (Photo courtesy Craig Lee)

"The Davis Farmers Market was founded in 1976 by a group of residents that included Ann Evans, local author, publisher and consultant. She’s still involved with the market today and wants to inspire more people to shop and cook seasonally.

CATCH THE BUZZ – Congress OKs Bill Requiring First GMO Food Labels, BUT HONEY’S NOT a GMO FOOD!

July 20, 2016
"Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time.  

Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on July 14 that would require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone that indicates whether the food contains genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. The Agriculture Department would have two years to write the rules.

Honey, You Ought to Attend This!

May 30, 2016

Robbin Thorp, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

"If you've ever wanted to taste exotic honeys (of course, you have!) and if you've ever wondered why native bees don't make honey (you have, haven't you?), then you're in luck.

UC Davis to Present the First Honey Sensory Experience

April 22, 2016
It’s a liquid gold rush at UC Davis’ Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine.  

Attracting international attention, the institute’s Honey and Pollination Center has found its sweet spot in the study of one of the world’s oldest foods and the bees that produce it. In May, the center will host its first Honey Sensory Experience, a two-day immersion in all things honey, featuring experts from around the globe.

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Got Mead Live - Amina Harris

January 05, 2016
Listen to the show here.  

Amina Harris, the Director of the Honey & Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at the University of California is featured on the GotMead Live show.

Mead tasted:

  • Vicky – Cherry Wine – Traverse Bay Winery
  • JD – Sweet Mead – Rabbits Foot Meadery
  • AJ – JAO variant made with T58 beer yeast