Comb honey is produced by honeybees in a hive. The bees fill the hexagon shaped wax cells of the honeycomb with honey and cap it with beeswax. Before the invention of the honey extractor almost all honey produced was in the form of comb honey. Now, only very little honey is produced as comb honey. Comb honey production requires good beekeeping skills. It cannot be easily mechanized and is therefore quite labor intensive. Comb honey production is more suitable for areas with a prolonged honeyflow from dutch clover, alsike, and yellow clover. Areas that are wooded are not very suitable for comb honey production as bees tend to collect much propolis which makes the harvesting of comb honey much more difficult. This problem has been largely circumvented with the adoption of specialized frames, notably Ross Rounds, which prevent accumulation of propolis on saleable units.
Berks beekeepers score several 1st-place awards: Apiary competition includes honey, mead, wax and honey products.
Jan 12, 2007; Byline: George G. Landis Jan. 12--Reading Eagle HARRISBURG -- Berks County beekeepers scored several first places here at the...