Is The Honeycomb From a Beehive Edible?

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edible honeycombIs The Honeycomb From a Beehive Edible? Yes, Honeycomb is cut directly out of the frame in the beehive, and is simply pure honey and the edible wax used by the bees to make the comb. But they are wax, so don’t eat too much at a time. Fresh, new comb is used intact as comb honey, especially if the honey is being spread on bread rather than used in cooking or as a sweetener.

The benefits from eating honeycomb are related to the honey and bee pollen, much more so than the bees wax. If you are allergic to bee stings or bee products, then you should be very cautious with honeycomb and consult with your doctor.

Beekeepers usually remove the entire honeycomb to harvest honey. Honey bees consume about 8.4 lbs (4 kg) of honey to secrete 1 lb (500 g) of wax, so it makes economic sense to return the wax to the hive after harvesting the honey, commonly called “pulling honey” or “robbing the bees” by beekeepers. The structure of the comb may be left basically intact when honey is extracted from it by uncapping and spinning in a centrifugal machine—the honey extractor. If the honeycomb is too worn out, the wax can be reused in a number of ways, including making sheets of comb foundation with hexagonal pattern. Such foundation sheets allow the bees to build the comb with less effort, and the hexagonal pattern of worker-sized cell bases discourages the bees from building the larger drone cells. 

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