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place to learn more about what we do, new products we
feature, and the wide world of beekeeping and commercial
Distributing Queens From Chile
our advertisement in HIVELIGHTS) - Feature
Story in the February (2008) Edition of HIVELIGHTS
After our visit with several commercial enterprises and with
government in Chile (December 2006), we have compiled the resources for importing Chilean queen
bees into Canada. As of July 2007, we have been
successfully importing Chilean queens into Canada (2007, the
first year permitted by CFIA for the importation of queen
bees from Chile into Canada). Working closely with the
guidance of a Chilean queen breeding expert and
several Chilean honey producers has allowed us to be the first to manage
Canadian honey colonies with queens from Chile in our commercial
operations. We have considered the Chilean queens to be
a success during the 2007 honey season and are gaining
valuable experience as they over-winter right here in
Summer Employment Opportunities (8 positions open for May
through to September)
Come and be apart of our
team. We are currently hiring for the up coming honey
season. Positions available include honey harvesting
and processing operations. We encourage all who is
interested to give us a call or email us. This is a
great opportunity to learn more about the beekeeping
industry in Manitoba. Please check
out our Employment link for more
Honey Slice: Re-Inventing Packaged Honey The Honey
Slice is natural pure creamed honey packaged in a bar
form. Just like a stick of butter, the Honey Slice can
be placed at the center of your dinning table. The
Honey Slice is ideal for baking. One Honey Slice bar
is equivalent to 1 cup. This makes it easy to measure
and incorporate honey into all your favorite recipes.
Please visit our Products link for more details.
Flavored Honey Now Available We
are proud to announce that our natural pure creamed honey
products are now available in strawberry
flavoring. Delicious flavored spreads for all of your
baking favorites! Check
for some interesting health tips on honey and
cinnamon. Please visit our Products link for more details.
Buck What? Sea Buckthorn, A Bright Berry With An Even
Brighter Future! Sea
buckthorn, a hardy, berry-producing plant, has been
introduced as an interesting and exciting nutraceutical crop
for Canada. Native
to China, Russia, and many parts of northern Europe, sea
buckthorn has been widely grown for its bright, orange
berries, often described as having a strong sour taste, have
been used traditionally in a variety of food products such
as juices, wines, candy, and ice-cream.
In addition, because of the attractive berries sea
buckthorn has been grown and appreciated as a fascinating
ornamental shrub. However,
this shrub is much more than just good looks!
Come and visit us and see these amazing berries!
buckthorn has been increasing in popularity as a result of
its nutritional effects being realized in western countries.
Most importantly, sea buckthorn has been given
considerable attention because of its enormous nutritional
value and ideal suitability as a functional food and
“functional food” is defined as a food consumed as part
of a usual diet, which demonstrates physiological benefits
and/or reduces the risk of chronic disease beyond basic
In comparison, a “nutraceutical” is a product
isolated from foods that is sold in medicinal forms, not
usually associated with conventional foods, also providing
protection against chronic disease.
Bioactive components such as vitamins, fats, and
other phytochemicals are the ingredients in functional foods
and nutraceuticals which are responsible for this reduction
and protection against chronic disease.
Sea buckthorn, because of its numerous bioactive
components, is well suited as a functional food and has been
used in nutraceuticals around the world.
buckthorn has been deemed one of the most nutritious and
vitamin rich shrubs in the plant kingdom and has been used
throughout history in Tibetan and Mongolian medicines.
Sea buckthorn or “hippophae” is derived
from the Greek word “hippos” meaning horse and
“phaos” meaning shinning. Ancient Greek folklore tells a story of feeding sea buckthorn
berries to horses to bring out the shinny luster in their
the berries are being sought for their physiological
contain many bioactive components including high levels of
vitamin C, vitamin E, and other antioxidant compounds.
In addition to the berries, the leaves and bark of
sea buckthorn are also becoming recognized as useful,
The leaves and bark contain many nutritional
components making them worthy in nutraceutical products.
Although the berries, leaves, and bark contain
numerous nutritional components, many of the health benefits
have been attributed to the valuable oils found inside the
buckthorn is a unique plant, in that the berries contain two
different oils which are located in the pulp (or fruit
flesh) and seeds of the berries.
The oils, rich in essential fatty acids, are sought
for their anti-aging and pharmacological functions such as
skin protection and repair, cardiovascular disease
prevention, immune system restoration, and anticancer
applications, as well as for the promotion of general good
acid, extremely rare in the plant world is found in sea
buckthorn pulp oil and has been used to support the
formation of cell tissue and wound healing.
The seed oil, described as being highly unsaturated,
containing linoleic (Omega-6) and linolenic acid (Omega-3),
has also been used in skin ointments.
The seed and pulp oils are presently being
incorporated and manufactured into a variety of functional
foods and nutraceuticals (organic juices, power/energy bars,
herbal teas, and oil and vitamin tablets) as well as in
countless natural cosmetic products (skin creams, sunscreen
lotions, lip balms, bath beads, and shampoos).
However, these highly valuable oils are difficult to
problem is how to efficiently extract the oils from the
berries without compromising their valuable nutritional
Oil extraction is not a new concept, however research
on the evaluation of oil extraction technologies for high
value, low oil content crops like sea buckthorn, remains
technology known as supercritical fluid extraction using
high-pressure carbon dioxide to dissolve and recover sea
buckthorn oils seems particularly promising since high oil
yields can be obtained without a loss in nutritional
quality. In addition, since no toxic chemicals are used, the extracted
oils are fit for consumption.
development of the Canadian sea buckthorn industry has
largely been attributed to current practices in Europe and
growing demand for health products and cosmetics has lead to
the commercialization and therefore, extensive research on
sea buckthorn here in Canada.
interest in sea buckthorn is continually growing.
Numerous on-line shopping websites are being
introduced at an alarming rate, promoting an array of sea
buckthorn products. As
the interest of a healthier lifestyle becomes stronger, the
future for functional foods and nutraceuticals, like sea
buckthorn, will become brighter.
more information or questions, please contact us!
Come and "bee" a
part of our team. Seasonal employment
opportunities with us are now available.
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