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General Questions

Radical is building networks of local beekeepers around several major US cities. Once you subscribe to Radical, you’ll receive a different jar of local honey every month to your doorstep.

Yes! We are selling honey to Radical Subscribers only!

You will need to create an account with us after subscribing using the same email you used to place the order. Once you have created an account, click on the account icon in the top right-hand corner. Then, click on the subscription number you wish to modify. From here, you can pause, cancel, skip orders, and update payment info.

We offer flexibility in our subscriptions. You can always downgrade to a delivery every other month or once every three months.

Buy more boxes :) Or email us at support@radicalhoney.com for help.

We are launching in San Francisco, CA. However, we plan to expand soon. If you are looking to buy delicious honey, sell your honey or support Radical in any other way, and your area is not covered yet, please email us at support@radicalhoney.com.

We define local as a 100-mile radius from the hives. This means that we only ship to the ZIP codes which are within this geographical area.

Radical beekeepers own their hives and personally and take care of them. They have a production that doesn’t exceed 2,000 pounds/year. 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 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:
— Ship only locally to limit the shipments footprint
— Use only glass jars to limit plastic use
— Offer $ for empty jars returns to incentivize package reuse
— Create selling opportunities for beekeepers to empower them to keep their hives
— Nudge more of us to start hives to increase the number of bees on this planet

About Radical Honey

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.

ABOUT BEES

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