How to make raw honeycomb versus liquid honey.

bees making honycomb
Left: Honeycomb on beeswax foundation. Right: Beeswax foundation.
Spring is in the air and the bees are getting ready for what will, hopefully, be a big springtime honey flow. This first photo shows two frames from a beehive. The frame on the right is a sheet of wax foundation (the bees have not started to add wax to this frame yet). The frame on the left is a sheet of the same type of wax foundation that has been built up by the bees. When you purhcase a square of winter park honey’s honeycomb, this is how it all gets started. After the bees build a honeycomb structure onto the flat sheet of pure beeswax, the bees will begin filling each honeycomb with honey. When the bees cap the honeycomb, we’ll harvest these frames and cut them into 4″ squares for packaging. The photo below gives you another view of the frame hanging in a beehive.
honeycomb on plasticell
Frames of beeswax hanging in a beehive.

When making honey for extraction, a yellow plastic foundation is used. The plastic foundation is more durable and can endure the extraction process in a centrifuge.

honeycomb ready for the honey flow.
Honeycomb built on a plastic foundation.

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