This page lists members of the Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, LLC (COBA) who sell honey and/or honeybee hive products.
Common forms of honey for sale:
“Grocery store honey” – Ultra-filtered, pasteurized, or other highly-processed honey. We hope you don’t find any of this here or buy it elsewhere. Honey may have been heated to extreme temperatures or diluted with water to thin it, then forced through fine filters to remove all the pollen. Heat degrades the natural enzymes. Honey thinned with water must be re-dried to prevent fermentation. There are three main reasons why some commercial producers ultra-filter honey: (1) To make the honey more transparent, (2) to delay natural crystallization, (3) To hide where the honey was really produced. We don’t think any of those reasons produce better tasting, more nutritious honey. Real honey is naturally antibiotic, so it doesn’t need to be “pasteurized”.
Raw liquid honey – Honey which has been removed from the wax comb and minimally strained to remove the majority of the wax and other hive debris. It should not have been heated above natural hive temperatures, and should still contain pollen, just as the bees made it. If the bees made it in the area, it likely will include the term “Local”. Usually sold in liquid form, it is subject to natural crystallization.
Comb honey – Honey still sealed in the comb. The comb may have been cut from a larger piece of comb and placed in a container, or the bees may have made the comb and honey in the container. Yes, honeycomb is edible as is. Some people like to cut off a slice of comb to put on their toast.
Chunk honey – The best of both worlds. Honey still sealed in the comb, placed in a container, with liquid honey poured in to fill the container. The size of the chunks varies. If you’ve never eaten comb honey, this is a nice way to get introduced to it.
Creamed honey (aka Spun honey, aka Whipped honey) – While all real honey will eventually crystallize, for creamed honey the producer has controlled the conditions to help the honey to form small crystals, giving a smooth, creamy, usually spreadable texture.
Other Hive Products
Wax – Honeybees naturally produce wax from glands on their abdomen. They use the wax to build comb to store their food (honey and pollen) and raise their young. Beeswax is a remarkably stable substance, keeping its essential properties for thousands of years. It has numerous household and commercial uses.
Pollen – Pollen is high in protein and amino acids. Bees gather pollen primarily to feed to rapidly growing young bees. Some substances in pollen also strengthen their immune system.
Propolis – “bee glue” – Bees gather resins from a wide variety of plants. The result is a very sticky substance with antibacterial properties. They use it to seal their home, and it also promotes colony health.
DISCLAIMER: Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association does not endorse any particular service or product provider, nor do we control their methods and business practices. We provide this information for the general public only as a list of COBA members who provide these products or services.
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