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  •  Yucatan has stingless bees which make an (2+ / 0-)
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    amazing honey.  Most in the US are unaware of this because it is such a delicacy that Japan and other importers frequently buy up the entire output. Something about the type of bees, the tropical flowers, etc, makes it just wonderful honey.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:13:42 PM PST

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    •  Here's some more info: (3+ / 0-)
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      A Different Kind of Beekeeping Takes Flight

      Made up of more than 600 species, each of which makes its own version of honey, this tribe of bees lives throughout the world’s tropics.

      Like honeybees, they are social and form colonies with a queen and workers, many of which collect nectar from various flowers before bringing it back home to churn painstakingly into honey.

      But stingless bees are pickier than their European counterparts about what flowers they visit, making them important for keeping certain tropical forests healthy.

      Their honey, too, is different, containing more water ...

      Stingless bee honey also has a variety of medicinal uses. Numerous reports attest to its antibiotic properties, no surprise to native people worldwide who use it to treat eye infections and wounds.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:19:39 PM PST

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