Bees and Their Products
Beekeeping in South Africa

© Andrew Mandemaker
Honey is the golden sweet sticky substance made by bees and other insects. Mainly used by bees to feed their brood, it has been used by humans for thousands of years to sweeten food, make alcohol and is used in cosmetics, to make candles, in soaps and as medicine.

Bees also produce beeswax, royal jelly, propolis and collect pollen, all of which are utilised by Man for its health benefits.

Honey Quality and Products

Honey is the sweet thick liquid made, by honeybees and other insects, from the nectar of plants and can be found in various forms - from runny or creamed in texture to almost clear and dark brown in colour, with or without pieces of honeycomb....more

What is Honey?

Honey is a sticky sweet substance made by bees (honey bees, bumble bees and stingless bees) as well as certain wasps and ants....more

What is Propolis?

Propolis, ‘bee putty’ or ‘bee glue’, is a sticky greenish-brown substance that bees make from tree resins that they collect from leaf buds and tree sap. Bees make propolis, sometimes called’ bee putty’), by mixing the collected resins with beeswax...more

What is Royal Jelly?

Royal jelly is also known as a ‘superfood’ and is fed to the queen bee and to the newly hatched bee larvae (for two to three days only)...more