We know bees that buzz. Bees make honey and they sting. Well, did you know that there were over 60-thousand bees on the top of the Ritz Carlton in the heart of Uptown?
Three years ago, Randall York, the owner and bee keeper for Cloister Honey in Charlotte teamed up with the Ritz.
“We happened to be in a meeting and someone from the crowd said ‘if the [the Ritz has] a green roof and you have bees, you should put the bees on the roof.’
Ever since, Randall has manage the hive on the roof. He says “The honey flow in the South East, in the Charlotte area is really from late March to mid-June.” He says that 80 percent of the honey in charlotte is produced in just three months.
Once the honey is ready, it’s extracted: a process that takes eight to 10 hours.
At the Ritz, on this day, there’s about 60 pounds of honey. Each tray weighs about 5 pounds.
TO expose the honey, the caps are cut and then spun out using a machine that looks like a metal barrel.
The pure honey drips to the bottom of the barrel and pure and sweet. Even unfiltered you can see how clear and unaltered it is. It tastes even better. That’s why the Ritz uses it in everything from tea, to ice cream to treats at Bar Cocoa.
Honey does more than just taste great. It’s also great for your immune system. It is often used as a remedy for many ailments, and is said to prevent heart disease and cancer. It is also a natural energy booster. Add some to your smoothie for a morning jolt.
The public can enjoy the honey at the Ritz Carlton without being a hotel guest. Visit their bar cocoa to try any of their treats.
Cloister honey can be found at many local farmers market, and they also sell online. Visit cloisterhoney.com