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HONEY BEE

We’re helping to keep a 15,000-year-old health food from disappearing

Textiles, meat and honey?

Since Mycenaean times busy honeybees have provided humans with delicious, nourishing food. Homer referred to honey as the Food of the Gods, and in Egypt, jars of honey were found in the tombs of pharaohs. But honey is only one of the bee’s contributions -- without the pollination from these friends more than a third of the world’s food supply, including livestock, and a big piece of the world textile industry would be in jeopardy. This is not as surprising as it may sound. Livestock eat alfalfa, soy, and clover, all requiring pollination. And textiles? Without the bees, how would the plants that provide cotton be able to produce?

One third of the US food supply is made possible by these furry little insects.

Today, beekeepers throughout North Carolina produce an amazing variety of the tasty treat, but the future is cloudy. The number of colonies kept by beekeepers is declining. Wild honeybees have almost disappeared from the United States. A deadly stew of urbanization, pesticide use, climate change and disease is blamed for what is called colony collapse disorder. Scientists are struggling to understand what exactly in this mix is making our bees so sick that 30% of the colonies die each year.

We’re Innvolved Beehive Program.

Because The Carolina Inn is committed to helping honeybees survive and thrive, we are building a partnership with Just Bee Apiary. We’re supporting multiple beehives to encourage this local apiary in its mission of raising bees, managing colonies and teaching others how to keep these wonderful creatures alive and productive. We want current and future generations to experience the taste, freshness and purity of this legendary super food. And to continue to enjoy the benefits pollination brings to the world food supply.

Mother Nature’s preservation program.

Did you ever pull a jar of honey from the back of the pantry and realize it had crystallized? So have we. But here’s the miracle. The crystallization is a natural process only occurring in natural and unprocessed honey. It is validation that your honey is authentic and pure. And still as edible as when you bought it. To re-liquefy place the jar in a double boiler and gently heat to 110(degrees) until it returns to its original state. Don’t overheat or the natural benefits inherent in honey could be lost.

Don’t go home without it.

Now that you know the Innvolved Beehive story, and have hopefully sampled this natural treat at Crossroads Chapel Hill, why not enjoy the longer-term pleasure of our micro-local natural honey? You can purchase a jar or several at Pittsboro Street Provisions, located between our lobby and Crossroads Chapel Hill, or on our website at the ecommerce store.