Unique in flavor and rich in antioxidants, honey is produced by bees using the nectar of flowering plants. And thanks to beekeeping—the maintenance of bee colonies in man-made hives—it’s possible to save and extract some of this golden elixir for human consumption, so you can stir it into tea or drizzle it onto your morning yogurt. One such company that does this is Dexter’s Apiary, a homegrown business based in Multinational Village, Parañaque, who has been keeping bees for nine years.
Honey production begins with the bees. Dexter’s Apiary works with European honeybees, who extract nectar from flowers and save them in their crop (a.k.a. their extra stomach), where it mixes with enzymes that change its chemical composition and pH. After being passed around between different bees, the nectar—normally deposited into honeycombs—is stored in wooden frames that make up the beehive.
When fully “capped”—that is, filled with honey and sealed with beeswax—the frames are then transferred to an extractor room, where the layer of wax (“cappings”) are removed and placed in an extractor. Honey is then extracted from these cappings, to be bottled and sold after a few weeks.
In this video, Dexter’s Apiary demonstrates the art of honey extraction. (They hold beekeeping workshops for those who want to try it themselves!) Pricey as real honey may be, every drop is the product of the hard labor of the bees themselves, as well as the beekeepers who take care of them. We’re more than grateful for it.
A local urban beekeeping farm in Parañaque.