Product of the hive: royal jelly
How does the bee make royal jelly and what is its use in the hive ?
Bees go through different cycles throughout their lives during which they are assigned specific tasks.
Between their 5th and 12th day of existence, worker bees feed the young larvae in the wax cells. For this purpose, they secrete a unique and biologically rich substance: royal jelly.
All the larvae in the hive receive it during their first 3 days of life. However, only the royal larvae continue to receive royal jelly exclusively. It is this particular diet that allows them to evolve into a queen: an almost magical potion!
Royal jelly is so nutritious that the queen bee is much larger than a worker bee. Her resistance and life expectancy will also be multiplied: a queen will live on average 4 years against 50 days for a worker bee.
This is the proof of the capital role that royal jelly plays in the life of the hive. This is why we can only collect a few dozen grams of this precious substance per hive and per year.
Only a gentle mixing at controlled temperature guarantees a homogeneous mixture between royal jelly and honey. Moreover, this unique process allows a good conservation. Our research and expertise in beekeeping techniques have enabled us to stabilize this association of honey with royal jelly.
Royal jelly is a fluid, whitish substance secreted by honeybees from their hypopharyngeal and mandibular glands (located in the head). It is a food with a rare biological power. If for a long time, this substance was attributed with quasi-miraculous powers, the science of the 20th century recognizes, after numerous experiments, multiple nutritional, energetic and metabolic advantages. Royal jelly contains many vitamins (B, PP, E).
The royal jelly is to be consumed by cure, either pure, or mixed with honey.