Leaders: Rosemary Ryan and Carol French
Group launched October 2018.
2020 we are planing a new series of visits starting in April which will
include cheese, chocolate and smoked salmon, plus a further
presentation from Professor Andrew Cockburn.
Here is a photo of the Food & Drink Appreciation Group's visit in August. 2019
8 August members of the Food & Drink Appreciation Group visited the
home of Ted Gradosielski, a beekeeper with 40 years of experience, to
learn about bees and honey. Beekeeping is an ancient skill,
dating back possibly 9,000 years and depicted in Egyptian art 4,500
beesuits and veils were donned so we could see more closely what
happens inside the hives. We identified the queen in a starter
colony and, although Ted breeds less aggressive bees, saw how they are
subdued when a little smoke is produced close to the hive.
A honey frame was taken into the bee shed and were were able to 'uncap'
the wax covering on the honeycomb - a tricky operation for
beginners. The frames were then put into an extractor where they
are spun to release the honey. There was an opportunity to
examine and taste beeswax and also see propolis, a compound used by the
bees to seal their hives and keep them clean. Propolis is also used in
alternative medicine to aid healing and fight bacteria. We then
each poured our own jar of honey and labelled it so we could taste the
real thing - in our case the pale colour showed the bees had visited
borage flowers. We all agreed that the honeybee is the most amazing
creature and members of the Group were delighted to buy additional jars
of honey. A most enjoyable and informative visit!
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