Buzz Words - December, 2002
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Next Meeting: 7:30 P.M., on Tuesday, December 10th, at the West Barnstable Community Building, on Route 149.
For our holiday meeting, we are going to try something different. Our resident experts will tell us a few of their secrets in making value-added products from the hive. Peter Cadieux will tell us about his lip balm; Richard Rys makes hand cream; Mac Welch manipulates his bees to make that beautiful Ross Round Comb Honey that commands great prices; Sue Phelan will relate how she "infuses" her honey with various herbs to make a novel product, and also uses honey in home-made soaps; and Claire Desilets will share the Dyce Method of producing creamed honey.
Following these short presentations, we will partake of all the liscious goodies out back and socialize.
A reminder that B.C.B.A. is a staunch proponent of recycling. We take back the bee packages and send them to Georgia to be refilled. We take back the Fumidil containers (clean, please) and use them again and again. We also accept film canisters to be used for Fumidil dosing.
From the President
Hope to see you all at the next meeting -- Geoffrey
Items Available for Sale
We will have available tees, polos, B.C.B.A. cookbooks, The Queen and I by Ed Weiss, as well as Honey Stix and Honey Candy for sale. The candy will be in bags of 20 pieces for a dollar, but due to the limited amount of honey stix, they will be sold as a silent auction.
Look up at the masthead. We have our very own website! At the last meeting I reported that our website had vanished into cyberspace. Emails and phone calls to the web host were non-productive to say the least. But, thanks to new member Angela Shinall and her husband, who run a web hosting business, we now have our very own website. It should be up by the time you receive this newsletter. If not, bookmark it and keep on checking. Dina will be downloading her files soon.
How about a Mediterranean walnut dip for your holiday guests? Thanks to Martha Stewart Living
3 ounces walnut halves, 1 cup honey, 24 ounces plain low-fat yogurt
Walnut/honey mixture may be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks in an airtight container
- Preheat oven to 350, spread walnuts in single layer on rimmed baking sheet, and toast 7 to 8 minutes, till fragrant and golden brown. Transfer to a plate and rub with towel to remove as much loose skin as possible.
- While still warm, place walnuts in a small bowl, pour honey on top and stir to coat evenly. Let cool
- Divide yogurt among six dessert bowls and spoon honey mixture over each. Serve immediately.
At the recent Massachusetts Beekeepers Association meeting we were privileged to hear Maryann Frazier, of Penn State University. She is both an extension specialist and researcher. Much of her interest lies in IPM methods, but she brought us a host of facts about honey.
Numerous health related magazines of late are extolling the many benefits honey can provide. Ms. Fraziers information was gleaned from research done at the Dept of Plant Biology and Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and from the National Honey Boards bulletin Honey- Health and Therapeutic Qualities.
As we know, honey has been available for several thousand years, both as a sweetener and a healing agent. With the honeybees addition of enzymes during the moisture reduction process, we understand that the enzyme glucose oxidase breaks down glucose to gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Thus antibiotic properties arise. Many other wound healing benefits include: anti-inflammatory activity; removal of dead tissue; stimulating new tissue growth; is hygroscopic; forms a protective thick layer. Ironically, diluted honey increases the antimicrobial properties of the released hydrogen peroxide. Manuka honey from New Zealand is proving to be a honey with the highest levels of antibacterial activity of those studied, and this differs from other honeys as its antimicrobial effect is non-peroxide activity.
Additional health benefits filtering into the literature includes treatment for gastritis and peptic ulcers, as food preservatives, carbohydrate/energy source for athletes, and most recently its value as an antioxidant. The Univ of Illinois studied different honeys, from their buckwheat to Californias light sage honey. It appears the darker the honey, the higher the antioxidant levels. This antioxidant activity is thought to be due to the combination of a host of active compounds that are still being researched.
Refer to the following websites to learn more of the fascinating uses of honey:
and follow the link to The Color of Honey
Ed Osmun has a new heated uncapping plane (still in the box) for sale. Ed is asking $50. 508-833-9696
Ed Osmun bought a large amount of 12 ounce plastic bears and will sell to members at 60 cents each, in lots of 12.
Bill Peters has given up beekeeping and has a whole package to sell. He would prefer to sell all to one person, but will sell piecemeal. 1 Kelley 2-frame reversible extractor, 2 Hive bodies w/ frames, 1 Plastic Bottom Board, 1 Plastic Outer Cover, 1 Wood Inner Cover, 5 Medium (Illinois) Supers w/frames, 1 Hive Tool, 1 Smoker, 1 Hat and Veil, 1 pr Gloves, 1 Bee Brush, 1 Electric Uncapping Knife, 1 Hackler Honey Punch, 1 Capping Scratcher. He is asking $365 (50% of original cost) for the lot. Bill can be reached at 508-394-9814.