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2010/01/19

Book Review: Honeybee, Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper

I recently finished by "Honeybee, Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper" by C. Marina Marchese. It is an enjoyable book, leading us through the authors progression from being scared of bees to leaving her old life and starting 'Red Bee Honey' company.
Right away she pulls us into her story by explaining when she received and installed her first box of bees. She explains how during the installation the bees were overly aggressive and attacked her. After finally getting the bees into her hive, they examined what went wrong. And discovered something that I've not heard of, that the bananas she had with breakfast had alarmed the bees. Seems bananas smells like the alarm pheromone and that is why the bees were aggressive.
The author leads us through history examining the part that bees and honey played, and then teaches us about bees, how to harvest honey, get them ready for winter, etc.
What is different from most books on beekeeping is that she explores how the honeybee venom can help with some illnesses.
She finishes her book with the sweet stuff, lots and lots of information about honey. The basics of honey, what is in honey, varieties of honey, and how honeys from different areas and different plants taste and feel and smell different.
Scattered through the book the author leaves us interesting tidbits, how to make lip balm, what to do with beeswax outside of making candles, and recipes for feeding the bees.

This is a good book, one I recommend as a good alternative to the dry, technical books on bees. Check it out!

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