December is moments away and we’ve been enjoying the relatively mild weather, as have the bees. The few days that have approached +10 C have teased the bees into foraging and conducting relief flights. With the season of celebration upon us it’s also a good time to be thankful for these bees and our other pollinators. Why?
Because pollinators are responsible for over half of the variety of special foods we’re enjoying this season – whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan or the Lunar New Year. A traditional Christmas dinner is often resplendent with favourite vegetables such as brussel sprouts, beets and broccoli. Tangy cranberry sauce on the side with a stuffing made with celery, savory, sage and perhaps buckwheat. And the perfect Christmas pudding is full of plums, cherries, apricots and raisins. Is your holiday more perfect with a selection of tree nuts such as brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts or chestnuts? A little after dinner chocolate treat? Even your wine – whether grape or mead – all of it is on our tables thanks to honey bees and other pollinators. Even the turkey (or other protein source) likely foraged on a crop pollinated by bees. So while celebrating the season lets add a prayer for our often forgotten pollinator friends!