Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Beeswax Is Amazing!

A friend of ours sent us some beeswax to coat our cheeses while they age. I did some research and found people have been using beeswax for thousands of years. I also discovered the bees work very hard to make it.

The beeswax comes from special glands on the female worker bee who is in charge of building the comb to hold the honey. The bees have to fly 150,000 miles for every pound of wax. When the beekeepers go to harvest the bees' hard work, they find one pound of beeswax for every ten pounds of honey.

Once the beekeepers clean and filter the wax, it can be used for candles, cosmetics, furniture polish, and preserving Egyptian mummies. It can even be used to coat cheese!

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