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Radical is scouting small, sustainable beekeepers from all over the world. You can read their stories on our website, and taste their products.
We are shipping in in the US and sourcing our products across the world.
Radical beekeepers own their hives and they take care of them personally. They share with us their hive locations and process details. And they opened their doors to us to check them out!
Nope! We take what the bees produce. Most Radical beekeepers so far are close to urban areas and their bees are mainly flying to parks and gardens, pollinating different kinds of flowers.
Our main focuses are to:
— Feature only beekeepers who don't move their hives across the country.
— Use only glass jars to limit plastic use.
— Incentive jars reuse.
— Create selling opportunities for beekeepers to empower them to keep their hives
Raw Honey is the definition of functional food: totally unprocessed, and with multiple benefits for human health.
— It boosts the immune system and helps with allergies
— It possesses antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties
— It possesses healing property for sore throats and digestive disorders
— Honey contains several vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamin C, Calcium. Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc
— Honey contains pre and probiotics, which improve gut microbial balance
— As a beauty tool, honey combats free radicals on the skin, it evens out skin tone, and even helps with acne.
It’s very hard for honey to be strictly organic. Real organic honey produced by bees that pollinated only certified organic flowers. Which is only realistic if the hives are surrounded by 100% organic land, on a 5 miles radius.
Radical Honey IS unprocessed and pure. We don’t want to tell you they are all organic as we clearly can’t track every flower visited by our beekeepers’ bees.
Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been heated over 140°F. Heating honey degrades its quality and reduces its health benefits.
Unfiltered honey is honey that hasn't been stripped of its pollen. Pollen is the strongest link honey has with its territory (though pollen analysis you could see which flowers have been pollinated by the bees) as well as the main health benefits provider.
All Radical Honeys are raw and unfiltered.
Forever young | Honey seems to be the only food on Earth that never expires. You could eat now a spoon of honey made during the Roman Empire and it will still be good.
Medicine | Evidence of honey being prescribed as a medical treatment dates back as far as ancient Mesopotamia. Because the substance is so inhospitable to bacteria, it was often used as a natural bandage to protect cuts and burns from infection. Today, honey is still used as a natural treatment for dandruff, stomach ulcers, and even seasonal allergies.
Hard work | Turning nectar into honey is no small feat. When gathered, nectar is about 70% water – as opposed to the 17% contained in honey. To reduce the moisture, bees rapidly fan their wings over the hive’s open cells, effectively “drying out” the nectar by circulating fresh air and evaporating out the humidity.
A lot of bees | A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
Bees play a crucial role in the world’s ecosystem. In fact, the honey bee is the world’s most important single species of pollinator, ensuring people and animals have the food they need to survive. If there were no honey bees, the world wouldn’t have broccoli, berries, apples, cucumbers and lots of other foods. Bees also produce honey and wax.
In a flower-rich city like SF, beekeepers should be able to get about 100 pounds/year out of each hive. Ormond R. Aebi (February 10, 1916 – July 19, 2004) was an American beekeeper who was reported to have set the world's record for honey obtained from a single hive in one year, 1974, when 404 pounds of honey were harvested, breaking an unofficial 80-year-old record of 303 pounds held by A. I. Root.
It is possible for bees to fly as far as 5 miles for food, however an average distance would be less than a mile from the hive. A strong colony, around 60,000 bees, therefore flies the equivalent distance from Earth to the Moon everyday!
The lifespan of a honey bee depends on the type of bee it is. Drone bees (male bees hatched from unfertilized eggs) live for around eight weeks. Sterile worker bees tend to live for up to six weeks during summer and five months or more during winter. However, the queen bee, the only fertile bee in the colony, can live for several years.
There are three types of honey bee within every hive: workers, drones, and a queen. The workers and the queen are female. Queens are reproductive and are larger than the workers. The drones are male, have much larger compound eyes, and do not have stingers