O r g a n i c h o n e y a n d p o l l e n o f b o u t i q u e p r o d u c t i o n

At Organic beekeeping Metelko we ensure that our bee products are the same as the bees bring to the hive.

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F a m i l y - r u n o r g a n i c a p i a r y M e t e l k o

In the midst of Slovenian hills and valleys, surrounded by unspoiled nature, lively and playful sweet springs originate. This quite place, on a small organic farm, a special story has been in the making for many years.

It’s the story of organic beekeeping, fruit growing and queen bee breeding facility of MS Carnica Queens, where bee products of the highest quality are produced with heart and love for nature. A story where customers get boutique products of 100% organic processing.

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O r g a n i c m u l t i f l o r a l h o n e y

In the warm spring, bees produce flower honey, in which we mainly find a lot of nectar from dandelions, maples, ashes, cherries and other fruit trees. Flower honey can be slightly sour but distinctly sweet, so it can have a spicy taste. Due to its varied composition, it crystallizes quickly and has a wide range of colour shades.

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Forage is Robinia pseudoacacia, which is known in Slovenia as acacia. It blooms in the first half of May. In our region, we get acacia honey every third year, other years it is mixed with multifloral honey. Acacia honey is light to transparent in colour, sweet and has an extremely pleasant mild taste. Acacia honey does not crystallize, even after a long period.

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O r g a n i c c h e s t n u t h o n e y

Chestnut honey is special among honeys. Its origin can be nectar and manna, from the same plant, the chestnut (Castanea sativa). The specific smell lets us know that it tastes quite bitter, and this is its greatest peculiarity. Chestnut honey is dark brown or amber in colour with a slight red tint. As a rule, chestnut honey does not crystallize, but it can happen if there is still a little flower, linden honey or even some spruce manna present.

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O r g a n i c f o r e s t h o n e y

Organic honey is defined as honey that cannot be declared as varietal. This honey could be a mixture of all honeys, because we only extracted once in the season, or the bees simply collected such a variety of nectar or manna to the hive that it cannot be classified and distinguished botanically.

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O r g a n i c p o l l e n

In our apiary we adjust the collection of pollen to how much pollen is available in nature. We start stripping pollen in April and finish when the chestnut blossoms.

In meantime, we pay attention to the weather conditions and, of course, to the intake of nectar. As long as the weather is rainy and humid, we stop stripping. We also stop when the bees have plenty of nectar available, because then they forget about the pollen. The pollen is immediately cleaned and frozen.

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A d v a n t a g e s o f o r g a n i c h o n e y p r o d u c t i o n

The bees bring a natural product to the hive, but a change happens in it. According to organic guidelines, bees should not be treated with artificially created active substances. These active ingredients are more or less lipophilic, which means that they bind to the wax. When the concentration is sufficient, substances from the wax can pass into honey. According to organic principles, we can only treat with organic acids and essential oils that are present in nature.

The difference is not only in the varroa treatment. To feed the bees, we use organic sugar or glucose-fructose syrup and organic wax, as organic guidelines require that the entire food chain be from certified organic production.

A g i f t o f n a t u r e a p p r e c i a t e d s i n c e a n c i e n t t i m e s

Bee products have always been a valued food and medicine, praised by Homer and Democritus a long time ago. The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras declared: ‘If I had not eaten honey, I would have died forty years earlier.’

Did you know?

Learn some interesting facts about bees.


Man's relationship with the bee is at least 20 to 30 thousand years old.


In the 14th century, beehives made of boards, known as kranjiči, appeared in Slovenia


The worker bee larva increases its mass by 500 times after 5-6 days of life.


A queen bee can lay up to 2000-3000 eggs per day


The energy value of 1 kg of honey equals the energy value of 50 eggs


In summer, bees live from 14 to 40 days, during the winter the lifespan can even be more than 140 days


There can be up to 50,000 worker bees in a hive, with natural development


The queen bee can live up to 5 years


A bee colony uses at least 40 kg of pollen for its annual build-up