Industrial honey supplier Honey Holding delivers 25 million pounds of honey to major bakeries and food processors in America each year. To provide its clients with quality honey products, Honey Holding follows stringent standards in honey processing.
Processing honey involves several steps:
Removing honeycombs from the hive. A beekeeper, while wearing protective gear, removes the combs from the hive through different methods. One approach is to smoke the bees out of the hive, which encourages them to gorge themselves with honey before fleeing; engorged bees are less inclined to sting, making it easier for the beekeeper to collect the honeycomb. Another method employs the use of a separator board, which separates the brood from the honey chamber.
Uncapping the honeycombs. Honeycombs are placed inside a transport box, and relocated to a room away from the hive. The beekeeper uses a long-handled uncapping fork to remove the caps from the honeycomb, in preparation for extraction.
Extracting honey. Once caps are removed, the honeycombs are placed in an extractor. Centrifugal force is used to pull out the honey from the comb and into the honey bucket. This honey is now ready to be delivered to commercial distributors.
Processing and bottling. Commercial distributors further process the honey by melting out the crystals and straining bee parts and pollen. It is then packaged into jars for commercial and retail distribution.
Honey Holding, an industrial honey supplier operating in Baytown, Texas, harvests honey at its locations in Texas and Louisiana and also imports honey from around the world. By producing and distributing more than 20 million pounds of honey annually, Honey Holding provides a food that has played a long and significant role in human culture.
In the western world, the Judeo-Christian significance of honey is likely to be the most familiar, thanks to the phrase “land of milk and honey,” referring to the promised land of the ancient Hebrews after their escape from Egypt. Even today, one tradition related to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah is eating apple pieces dipped in honey.
Honey has been used to represent lifelong happiness in the celebrations of many societies. Modern Iranian wedding ceremonies include the bride and groom sharing a drink that is often sweetened with honey. For the Yoruba of western Africa, honey symbolizes good fortune and prosperity when it is presented to newborn children at their naming ceremonies.
Honey Holding was established in the 1940s under the name Hignite Packing Company. Today, Honey Holding provides liquid and dried honey products to bakers and food processors across the country. Regardless of its form, honey possesses numerous natural benefits that make it suitable for a variety of purposes and industries.
The natural sweetness of honey makes it a regular addition to a wide assortment of foods, both as a topping and as an integral ingredient. Its uses in baking are nearly limitless, ranging from salad dressings and dessert drizzles to baked goods and beverages. Its addition to pickles and sauces prolongs shelf life, and its ability to retain moisture enhances rich cakes and other pastries. Honey also works as an effective browning agent for glazing baked and roasted foods.
Furthermore, honey offers a number of health benefits, with the ability for use as a consumable supplement and as an application to wounds and skin conditions. Consuming honey helps quench thirst, boosts energy, and soothes sore throats, and locally produced honey may alleviate allergy symptoms caused by native fauna, as it contains pollen spores from various plants left behind by bees. Once introduced to the body through consumption, these spores possess the potential to alleviate allergy symptoms by enabling the body to build immunities against local allergens.
Due to its antibacterial properties and ability to retain moisture, honey can also promote the healing of wounds and improve skin conditions. It possess antioxidants and antifungal properties that fight infection and kill bacteria when applied to wounds, although its effectiveness varies according to country of origin and the exact flowers used in its creation. Its ability to attract and retain moisture also improves skin hydration.