2021 Auburn Bee Lab Honey
Mary Olive Thomas Apiary
Mary Olive Thomas (MOT) honey was produced by bee colonies maintained at their Demonstration Forest, a 400 acre outdoor classroom just south of Auburn, AL.
Bee Yard Specifics
- Colony management: Clint Wall, Emma Breda, and Rachel Jacobsen
- Honey extraction: Clint Wall, Emma Breda, and Rachel Jacobsen
- Honey bottling: Clint Wall and Emma Breda
The moisture content of this honey was 17.25% when bottled on 6/11/2021.
Extracting & Bottling
This honey was extracted and bottled on campus at Auburn University’s Bee Laboratory using a 20 frame radial extractor, 18 gauge #4 polished stainless steel bottling tanks, and stainless steel coarse (1000 micron) and fine (500 micron) filters. It’s as real as you can get!
Most honeys are supersaturated liquids, meaning they contain more sugar than what can normally be dissolved by water at room temperature. As time passes, one key sugar of honey – glucose – forms solid granules, or crystals. Granulation time is influenced by many things, including nectar source and honey bottling procedures.
In most cases, granulated honey is perfectly fine to consume. When left over an extended period of time, only the topmost water layer of granulated honey is susceptible to spoilage since it may consist of more than 18.6% water. Granulated honey can be reliquified by applying a slow, gentle heat, for example by using a hot water bath.
But, granulated honey can be eaten just as it is. In fact, granulation is considered by some to be an indicator of pure honey! So, eat up!
Botulism is a rare, yet serious, illness caused by a toxin produced by some bacteria. Spores of the bacteria can be found in many places, like soil and dust. Because honey can contain bacteria that cause infant botulism, please do not feed it to children younger than 12 months.
For reasons still not well known, individuals older than 12 months are NOT vulnerable to bacteria spore germination and subsequent toxin production. For more information, visit the CDC.