Have you ever wondered where natural honey comes from? Most of us know that bees make honey, but how much raw honey can a bee actually make in a day – or in a lifetime? When you find out how many bees it takes to produce a jar of natural honey, you’ll never waste a drop again!
It Takes a Lot of Busy Bees to Make a Jar of Honey
A worker bee spends its entire lifetime devoted to making raw honey. It’s not just a hobby or a small part of the bee’s survival – rather, making honey is a worker bee’s full time job. Some bees are responsible for collecting nectar and pollen, while others pack the pollen away deep into the hive’s honeycomb and make sure the hive stays clean and organized.
In this way, bees work together as a colony to ensure nectar and pollen are transformed into delicious raw honey. Teamwork becomes an essential part of the process. And it takes a lot more than a single bee to get the job done.
In fact, a single worker bee only produces about 7g of honey in its entire lifetime – and that’s after buzzing around all day, every day, with a nonstop focus on foraging for nectar and pollen to turn into honey. That’s a lot of work for what’s equivalent to about 1/12th of a teaspoon! But in reality, a single bee alone cannot produce honey. It takes an entire colony – which can be up to 100,000 bees – to get the job done.
And in order for raw honey to be harvested in a sustainable manner – as it is with Big Buzz Orchestra – it really does take the effort of the entire hive to produce enough raw honey in excess so that the colony is still supported. With the help of the entire hive, and the oversight of caring beekeepers, natural honey can be crafted with practice and patience. But it takes time. In fact, to make a jar of honey that weighs 750g, you can assume that about 30,000 individual bees have contributed to some part of the honey-making process.
Honey Is Like Liquid Gold
In this regard, natural honey should never be taken for granted or wasted. A spoonful of honey isn’t like other produce that grows quickly and can be replenished on a whim. When you consider the incredible effort, time, and energy that goes into the delicate process of transforming pollen into honey, you can see why beekeepers often refer to natural honey as liquid gold. It’s a precious resource – and it should be cherished as such!