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Hive to Bottle

Hive to Bottle

  • Kvell India

At Kvell, we believe in transparency and bringing you natural products as nature intended- preservative free, antibiotics free, and no artifical flavours or colours. Learn about how our range of honey is brought from beehives to the bottles on your dinner table- we are kvelling to tell you about it!

  1. Honey bees are reared in bee boxes housed on a large acreage of uni-floral farms/multi-floral farms.
  2. These Bees use their long tube-shaped tongue to collect nectar from the flowers and store this in their extra stomach called the "crop." When slotting around the crop, the nectar blends with enzymes that transform its chemical structure and pH, making it more suitable for long-term storage.
  3. When a honeybee returns to the hive, it transfers the nectar to another bee by regurgitating the liquid into the mouth of the other bee.
  4. After depositing the nectar, bees start a process called fanning by rapidly flapping their wings which promotes evaporation and turns the diluted nectar into thick viscous honey.
  5. The capping process follows, in which the bees secrete 'beeswax' from their abdomen and seal the hive. Honey can be kept forever, away from the air and water.
  6. At Kvell, we extract honey after capping to ensure the right moisture content in the output.
  7. More importantly, we ethically extract honey only from the worker bees' box while the larvae, eggs, and the queen bee remain untouched. This "ethically sourced honey" is then extracted through a centrifugal extractor.
  8. Most commercial-grade honey available in the market is pasteurized and heavily filtered. Pasteurization distorts the goodness of the temperature-sensitive micronutrients in the honey. With filtration, all particles, often even as small as pollen are removed.
  9. At Kvell, we have a delicate way of finding a balance where we protect the naturally available vitamins, minerals, Phyto-factors, and all the goodness that honey has to offer while eliminating pathogens and fungi. We warm the honey to mimic the sun's exposure, which helps remove unwanted fungi, contaminants, and pathogens but keeps the nutrition of the honey intact- just the way nature intended! We also strain our honey to ensure large debris like bee parts, bits of the honeycomb are removed while retaining the pollen, and other beneficial qualities of honey.
  10. The specific composition, colour, aroma, and flavour of any batch of honey depend on the flowers foraged by bees that produced the honey. Each uni-floral honey is unique not just in flavour, but various health benefits due to variation in its micronutrient content.

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