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Round Section Comb Honey Advertorial
Jim Macfarlane, CirComb
Honey in the comb – what could be more natural?
HONEY STRAIGHT from the comb is different from honey
out of a jar. It tastes better because nothing has been
removed from it. In his For Beginners article in Bee
Craft, November 2008, Ivor Davis referred to damage to
delicate flavours by oxidation when cappings are
removed. Honey is strongly ventilated in the course of
extraction, maximising its exposure to the oxygen of the
air. Significant quantities of the honey’s volatile
aromatic components are removed. This provides a
wonderful odour in the extraction room but it would
have been better kept in the honey.
Comb honey is attractive. Its natural packaging has strong
visual appeal and this can be exploited if the packaging
added by the beekeeper is kept as unobtrusive as possible.
Traditionally, comb honey has been produced in square
wooden sections but the bees avoid filling the corners. This
is reflected in the packaging which is offered for wooden
sections; its design exposes only the well finished comb in
the middle of the section. Some honey shows have a
separate class for rounds because it is so much easier to
produce almost perfect sections. CirComb round sections are well filled by the bees and
Comb honey is easily processed. This is a big advantage, make a wonderful present
especially for small-scale beekeepers, for whom the At www.beebehavior.com/ross_round_sections.php there
extraction of small quantities of honey is inefficient and are excellent photographs of the arrangement. The bees draw
equipment-intensive. The late Richard Taylor put it well in comb on both sides of the foundation and store honey in each
his useful and entertaining book entitled The Comb Honey of the spaces provided by each pair of rings, which become the
Book: ‘A comb honey beekeeper really needs, in addition to sides of the completed section. The sections are harvested by
his bees and the usual apiary equipment and tools, only splitting the two-part frame and releasing the four sections,
one other thing, and that is a pocket knife.’ which are linked by the single sheet of foundation. This
Many beekeepers produce cut-comb honey, which preserves foundation is trimmed off with a knife, top and bottom lids are
put on and a label completes the job. No more wire racks, nothe virtues of honey in the comb and its packaging is
more trays to catch (most of the) drips and no more threats ofinexpensive. The great advantage of round sections over cut
civil war because of exclusion zones round the kitchen table. comb, however, is the ease with which the crop is processed.
The system is initially set up by placing four pairs of rings of The ease and speed with which the sections are harvested
squat cylindrical shape into a two-part frame which is then and the presentation of the unspoiled honey are the great
assembled with a sheet of foundation so that the pairs of strengths of the round section system. Fine, but what is it
rings sandwich the foundation. going to cost?
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