Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn to keep honeybees?

We suggest you take a beekeeping course. If you are in the New York City area we recommend the course taught by The NYC Beekeepers Association.

Before starting your own hives we then recommend you apprentice for a full season. This way you will see all the time, effort and money that needs to be put into caring for honeybees.

What is Raw Honey?

According to the National Honey Board there is no concrete definition for the term “raw honey.” ... “Raw Honey” means honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling, or straining; and that has not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit during production or storage; or pasteurized.

All of the honey sold by Wilk Apiary is 100% Pure Natural Raw Honey.

Why is Raw Honey healthier?

Raw (unprocessed) honey is filled with pollen, enzymes, vitamins, and other elements that can't survive the pasteurization (heating) process which means that their benefits do not survive, either. While your number one concern might be decreasing the amount of refined sugar in your family’s diet, you also do not want to forgot the many health benefits that unprocessed honey offers.

Raw local honey can help with boosting your immune system against allergies and is a powerful anti-bacterial since it contains hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide is proven to have powerful antioxidant and anti-bacterial qualities that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Some people use raw honey to treat minor burns and cuts with raw honey because it has such strong anti-bacterial properties.

What are the benefits of using bee pollen?

Vitamins and minerals are not all that bee pollen offers.  It is also rich in proteins, free amino acids, hormones and trace elements.
No other food on earth offers such a broad spectrum of nutrition so naturally.
All over the world honeybee pollen is recognized not only as an ideal food source,  but as a food source with wide-acting medicinal properties, including:
        1. Restore lost sexual desire and energy.
        2. Alleviate menstrual cramps.
        3. Speed the healing of wounds.
        4. Alleviate depression and fatigue.
        5. Normalize digestive problems.
        6. Alleviate migraine headaches.
        7. Relieve various prostate problems.
        8. Improve fertility in females and males.
        9. Reduce cholesterol.
      10. Greatly improve energy levels.
       11. Weight Control
       12. Using bee pollen daily can help you build up a resistance to airborne pollen allergies.

Modern researchers today are proving what our ancestors already knew yesterday; that eating bee pollen every day will keep many maladies at bay.

What are the uses of beeswax?

Some uses of beeswax are: candle making, batik, fly tying, waxing wooden windows and drawers, quilting, cosmetics, furniture polish, leather boot conditioner, marble repair, and coating cookie sheets.

What is Royal Jelly?

  Royal Jelly is a substance of complex chemical structure produced by the young nurse bees as larva food.  Although it is not quite as well known as bee pollen, royal jelly equals pollen in its salutary effects.
    The young nurse bees make royal jelly, it is a secretion from glands on the tops of their heads.  For 2-3 days, royal jelly is the only food given to all young larvae in their maturation process, while for the queen larvae, it is the specific food for their whole life period.  During the 3 days in which the worker bee larvae are fed on royal jelly, they reach the maximum development; their weight multiplies about 250 times.  The queen (fed only on royal jelly for her entire life) reaches maturity 5 days earlier than the worker bees; and, when she is fully grown, her weight is double that of the working bee.  The span of the worker bee's life is about 35-40 days; while the queen lives 5-6 years and is extremely prolific.  She is fertilized once, and from that moment on can lay as many as three thousand eggs a day during the season.  As incredible as this may seem, she can lay that many eggs for five years.  Any creature that has that amount of energy and vitality has to be respected!
    This rich concentrated food is not just useful for the bees.  It contains remarkable amounts of proteins, lipids, glucides, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, mineral substances, and specific vital factors that act as biocatalysts in cell regeneration processes within the human body.
    Although some of the elements found in royal jelly are in microgram quantities, they still can act supremely with co-enzymes as catalysts or can act synergistically. (That is, the elements' action combined is greater than the sum of their actions taken separately.)

What is propolis?

Propolis is a red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds, used by them to fill crevices and to seal and varnish honeycombs.

Can I come visit your bees (hives)?

Our beekeepers work mainly on weekends as we all have other full-time careers (to help pay for bees).  As such, we rarely have the time to offer tours of our apiaries.

When asked we have brought guests to our apiaries during bee season if they  had a compelling reason to do so. These reasons have been: writing a news article about us, shooting a news segment about us,, school or scout groups  for a learning experience,  test run with apprentice candidates, honey week events, and paid beekeeping experiences.

Some of our apiaries are within site lines of local streets. When people passing by stop and ask questions our beekeepers try to give them a few minutes if the honeybees are in a good mood.

 

What are honey infusions?

When researching infused honey we found that most people heat the honey to temperatures that destroy all the goodness we use honey for. We make our infusions by gently warming the honey to no higher than 110°F.

We then decided to infuse our Natural Raw Honey in very small micro-batches. After the first week we check the smell and taste of the infusion until it meets with our approval. We let them steep low and slow. Some of our favorite infusions can take a month to be ready. We then strain the infused item out of the honey and bottle it in glass jars. Please note, there will usually be some remnants of the infused item in the jar. With some infusions we leave some in the jar it will continue getting bolder in flavor (Cinnamon & Hot Pepper).

We look to keep these infusions subtle in flavor while adding the benefits of the infused item into the honey.

Once ready each batch only yields two 9oz jars and 3 or 4 1.8oz jars.