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Ein Harod Apiary  About

 

About Us 

 

The Ein Harod Apiary was established 80 years ago in Kibbutz Ein Harod, located in the Jezreel valley near Harod spring, the biblical site of Gideon's spring.
A Kibbutz is a communal form of settlement devised and developed in Israel. The social fabric of a Kibbutz settlement consists of a closely-knit community that strives for a cooperative, just and productive way of life. The original Kibbutz settlements, established in the early 20th century, were agriculturally oriented. Today, although most Kibbutz settlements are still extensively involved in state-of-the-art agriculture, they are also involved in industry, technology and tourism/hospitality.

 
Our specialist beekeepers take our hives to the best flowers in areas where they are most plentiful. We produce and package our honey products in compliance with the strictest quality control standards


 
The actual gathering of honey from the hives is carried out at a state-of the-art packaging plant, inaugurated in April 2003.
The Ein Harod Apiary operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. We comply with the most stringent ISO standards and our products are Kosher-certified by the “Chassam Sofer” Rabbinical Supervision Forum of Bene-Beraq. We produce 100% pure honey with absolutely no additives, preservatives or sugars. Cleanliness is achieved through meticulous filtration, and the final product is marked as either liquid or crystallized honey. Our range of different honey types includes citrus blossom honey, wildflower honey, avocado blossom honey, starthistle blossom honey and Siziphus (Middle Eastern Acacia) blossom honey.

 

 


Jesus, the Temple, the Siziphus Tree & Honey from Ein Harod
The flowers of the siziphus tree stand out as one of the finest sources of nectar collected by the honeybees and converted into pure honey in the beehives of the Ein Harod Apiary. Sisyphus trees grow mainly in the desert, namely - in the Negev region and the Jordan Valley. The flowers produce a pleasing aroma and a particularly sweet nectar.
The sisyphus tree is featured prominently in the Holy Scriptures. For example, siziphus branches were used for building the Holy Ark of the Tabernacle at the Temple in Jerusalem: "And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold." (Exodus 25:13).
According to commentary, the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus before the crucifixion, was made from siziphus branches: "And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head …" (St. Mathew 27:29).
The vision of redemption recounts that the siziphus tree is one of the trees that makes the desert bloom: "I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together." (Isaiah 41:19).
 

 

About Honeybees 

Male bees or “drones” have no sting at all... They also do not work (actually, their task is to fertilize the queen bee's eggs, but this cannot count as work … because the drones die while doing it). 
The life span of a worker-bee is 6 weeks only, and it can fly to distances of up to 6 miles. A bee can carry her own weight in nectar and pollen and still fly. Worker-bees can only sting once - which is why they're in no hurry to do so. Beekeepers often handle their bees without gloves, and the bees just go on about their business.
Queen bees live up to 4 years and can lay 1,500 to 4,000 eggs a day.
Bees live a crowded and highly efficient life where each bee fulfills a specific function or task. Some bees scout the fields for nectar and pollen. Other bees are charged with the task of aerating the beehive, especially during the hot days of summer. Yet each and every bee can quickly change her role and help with other tasks.
Bees are intriguing, cute and fun to watch.