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Monday, March 19, 2018

Korean Honey for New Year's

One of my favorite YouTube channels is The Korean Englishman. The guys who produce it just seem adorably goofy and sweet and fun. It's also completely family-friendly, so it's good to watch with my kids, who are interested in their own Korean heritage.

Anyway, they recently posted a new video showing honey packaged as a New Year's gift. As a beekeeper, it was really interesting because I kept trying to figure out how they packaged it.

I thought the different colors of honey were noteworthy because I couldn't figure out if they just got honey from different flows in the same box, or if it some of it was honeycomb and some backfilled brood comb. They never zoom in close enough, so it's hard to tell.

The other thing I noticed after they cut it was that the combs were attached to the sides of the box -- it looks like they actually just packaged a complete hive box. But I didn't see any bars or frames, so how did they do it? Did they maybe just stack a bunch of boxes, let the bees build down, and then slice through the boxes? Hmmm... Really interesting.

In any case, I love design and marketing, so this was just such a cool idea!

 

7 comments:

  1. That's pretty cool. I think you are correct that they just stack a bunch of small boxes and let the bees build down comb through them (like mini warre hives with frames only in the top box) and then just slice the boxes off. The darker comb sections (towards the middle) would be from brood. I'll bet it's expensive!

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    1. That's what I thought, too -- that it was brood comb in the middle, which I personally don't like to eat, but to each his own. But yes, there is no doubt that it's expensive. Usually, people give fancy packages of fruit for New Year, and super fancy fruit can run close to $100/box. The fruit is way better than Harry & David (I got some Asian pears once that were almost as big as my face!), but not sure I'd ever pay that much for some apples. Honey on the other hand... ;-)

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    2. But how do they keep the box so clean? Not a speck of propolis in sight!

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    3. Good point. Maybe they use hygienic bees. ;-)

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  2. That is very cool! We've missed you :) and hope your bees are well. Been a tough winter in Virginia, and now we have snow on the way for the first day of spring.

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    1. Hi, Erik! Sorry I've been AWOL for so long. There's a story behind that, but that will be in a post soon. It has been a crazy winter here, too, and we're bracing for snow as well. Fingers crossed that it all goes away soon!

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