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Winter energy remedy- porridge with pollen

Celeste Faltyn

Fresh Winter mornings have us craving something warm and nourishing... below is a delicious recipe for a traditional bowl of porridge with the added health benefits of bee pollen.

Bee pollen is amazing for keeping your energy levels up and giving you that boost you need throughout the day: high in antioxidants and good fatty acids as well as an amazing source of protein, this is nature's superfood. 

bee pollen porridge

Ingredients (for two) 
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
Teaspoon of oil

Organic wildflower bee pollen
1 banana

To a saucepan on medium heat, add 1 cup of oats, 1 cup water and 1 cup milk. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce heat and let oats simmer for around five minutes. While oats are simmering, slice a banana in half lengthways. Add a little oil to a pan and place banana in pan. Let banana caramelise in pan for two minutes, flipping once. Bring both oats and banana off heat. Pour oats into bowls, layer on banana and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and bee pollen along with a generous drizzle of honey. Yum! 

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Our Apiary Made bee pollen is organic and sourced ethically from happy bees only when there is a surplus to the requirements of the hive. The apiaries themselves are located in a pristine environment with an abundance of food for the bees. Available on our shop page. 

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Not a fan of banana or just want something different? You could also try a delicious combination of sliced apple, cinnamon and yoghurt as toppings with your oats and pollen. 

May 20- celebrate World Bee Day

Celeste Faltyn

The United Nations General Assembly declared May 20 World Bee Day. 

Now one of the most significant days of the year in our opinion, World Bee Day was put forward by Slovenia and passed by all EU member states in an attempt to raise awareness about the uncertain future of these amazing pollinators.

You may wonder why bees caught the attention of world powers... Well, the survival of bees is fundamental to food security. Pollinators are directly behind staples such as potatoes, apples, coffee, pepper, pumpkins, and tomatoes to name a few. With rising populations, food production is becoming an urgent problem and we depend on pollinators to help us produce the amount of food we need to survive. 

Pollinators however, especially bees, have suffered much including colony collapse and an overall decline by around three- quarters in Europe over the past 30 years, with scientists citing the use of pesticides as a major factor. This has raised the alarm bells of not only beekeepers, but farmers around the world, and now global powers. 

Dejan Židan – head of the World Bee Day project and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, quoted, "we must do more than just talk – we must undertake concrete activities to increase care for bees and promote the development of beekeeping – everywhere, including in developing countries."   

This World Bee Day, you yourself can do more for these amazing little creatures by planting for bees in your own backyard, reaching out to your local beekeeping community for education, and supporting bee organisations around the world.

Here are some organisations (and countries!) doing great things for bees.
EU: In late April, the EU made the decision to ban some of the most harmful insecticides to pollinators from being used in fields, this should come into force by the end of 2018.

Slovenia: A country who loves bees and considers beekeeping equal to other forms of agriculture, there are around 90,000 beekeepers within a population of only two million.

Save the Bees Australia: Now a social enterprise, Save the Bees Australia focuses on saving swarms of bees and re-housing them safely, so as to stop them being harmed by forms of pest control.

Rooftop Bees Melbourne: Rooftop Bees is an organisation bringing beekeeping to the urban population. Their goal is to bring bees back into the city of Melbourne!   

At Apiary Made we thank the bees daily for their contribution and strive to protect and cherish these amazing creatures. It is at the heart of everything we do. We can however, always learn more about bees and do more for them in our everyday practises... this World Bee Day is a wonderful reminder of this and an opportunity for further celebration.  

Behind the scenes...summertime honey harvest

Celeste Faltyn

At Apiary Made, honey harvest is a very special time for us, both personally, and as a small business wanting to share the wonders of the beehive with the world.

Before any harvesting, we wait until the bees are ready to impart us with their divine product. This is when there is a surplus of honey to the needs of the hive. Waiting means we never quite know when our next batch of honey will come, but ensures we have happy bees all year round.

honey frame honey harvest

On Celeste’s latest expedition to the hives, located in a remote and tranquil area of Victoria, she found the honey frames were over 80 percent filled and capped. This is the ideal time to take the frames for honey extraction as the bees have dehydrated the honey down to 18% water, and so our honey harvest began. 

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We do the entire process manually: uncapping the frames by slicing off the wax caps the bees seal the honey cells with, which allows the honey to ooze out and then placing the frames in the extractor to spin. A lot of elbow grease goes into spinning the extractor to loosen the honey from the frames and then twice straining the honey to filter impurities. We then decanter it into bottles, ready to be enjoyed by our customers (and us too!). Our honey is not heated; thus a little more effort goes into straining a thicker product, but this means the honey stays pure and honest, exactly as the bees made it.


Our first batch of honey poured into new bottles as a delicate, clear, liquid gold. Our second batch however surprised us with a much darker tone, almost a tangerine orange. The difference in colour comes from the type of flowers the bees feed upon, which can change drastically season to season but also day to day. Our honey is ‘wildflower honey’, or ‘local flora’, which means the bees are free to roam near, far and wide, feasting on all the Yarra Valley can offer them. No batch of Apiary Made honey will ever be quite the same in taste, colour or nutrition the same way wine changes from year to year, our natural honey is always unique. 

Perhaps most exciting this season is that we sent out a sample of jelly bush honey to be tested for its medicinal properties. Jelly bush flower seasonally, so timing-wise our last batch of honey is very likely to have properties of jelly bush. For Celeste, this moment has been a long time coming and we all wait in anticipation to see if we have some glorious jelly bush honey on our hands.

 Apiary Made freshly bottled honey  

Apiary Made freshly bottled honey  

Thank-you bees for supplying us once again with an abundance of goodness.   

Happy garden, Happy bees.

Celeste Faltyn

Gain some points from mother nature and help your harvest flourish by creating a bee friendly habitat in your own backyard.  

Spring has sprung and everything is looking especially bright and fruitful this season at Apiary Made headquarters. Our native gums are flowering nicely, which is bringing the hum of happy bees to our ears. Such a promising season has me thinking, what more could we do in our own backyards to keep bees happy? And not just in Spring, but all year round.   

Even a domestic garden can have a positive impact in terms of supporting bee populations. By simply planning your garden with bees in mind, you can do your part in helping bees to feed and flourish, contributing to a greater bee-friendly ecology and assisting in combating the world’s declining bee population. If you have fruits and vegetables, encouraging bees into your garden will also benefit your harvest enormously. Bees are active pollinators and will help your veggies reach their peak. 

Bees are much like humans: what they need for basic survival is food, water, a safe space and protection from threats. Unfortunately, threats to bees come in many forms, especially to Australian native bees. Significant threats include pesticides that contaminate the bee’s food, the destruction of their natural habitats including a decrease in flowering areas due to urbanisation, as well as biosecurity threats from alien pests and diseases.

So, what can you do to help in your own garden?  

Avoid using pesticides: Once used on plants, pesticides will contaminate the pollen and nectar of the plant and killing the bees when they go to feed.

Make sure your garden is blooming all year round: It is very important to let your plants go to seed, allowing them to flower, thus allowing the bees to feed on the pollen. Bees require flowers all year, so when planning your planting, ensure you pick a selection of species that will flower in different seasons.

Plant attractive plants: A simple tip is to plant plants that produce high quality pollen and nectar, thus attracting bees. You should try food based plants i.e. herbs, vegetables, berries, shrubs and fruit trees. My bees especially love the rocket that grows in my front garden. You can plant herbs such as Lavender, Lemon balm, Oregano, Peppermint, Marjoram, Garden Sage, Thyme, Borage, Winter SavoryCelosia, Coriander, Basil and Nemesia. Shrubs bees love include Grevillea montis-cole, Flowering currants, Rasberry, Bluebuerry, Gungarra, Hairpin Banksia, Pincushion hakea, Passionfruit, Guava, Macadamia, Carambola and Banana. Some tree species that work include Portugal Laurel, Lemon, Apple, Large-fruited yellow gum, Red cap gum, Hickson, Mandarin, Plum, Persimmon, Lemon scented myrtle, Lie, Avocado and Bee bee tree.  

 Flowering rocket 

Flowering rocket 

Mix species: Just like us, bees have different tastes so including a mix of native Australian flowers and exotic species will ensure your garden caters for all kinds of bees.

Provide a water source: Help your bees stay hydrated and provide them a source of water. This could simply be a bird bath- just ensure the bath is deep enough the water doesn’t stagnate and breed mosquitoes but shallow enough that the bees cannot drown. A simple way to combat this is to fill your birdbath with some pebbles or stones.  

Support homeless bees and make a bee hotel: Provide bees with safe habitats by creating a man-made bee nesting site that can act as a shelter for bees whose homes have been destroyed. Use non-treated wood and try shelter it from the weather.


All these little steps can make a huge difference in achieving a healthy habitat in your own backyard. If you want to go one step further and acquire your own hives, there is plenty of advice out there online and a great beekeeping community just waiting for you to join. In the meantime, happy planting! 

xo Celeste

Spring Bee Update

Celeste Faltyn

Ethical bee keeping is at the heart of Apiary Made. None of our beautiful products would be possible without the health and happiness of our bees. Every season brings its own challenges, especially the colder months. 

Winter for bees is much the same as it is for us... stay inside when it's wet and windy and keep warm. If there happens to be a day where the sun is shining, they will venture out when it gets to around 14 degrees celsius and make the most of it while they can. Due to the wet Spring last year, it was one of the worst honey production seasons for many years as bees don't come out when it's raining, it's too tricky for them to collect pollen and nectar when everything is so wet. 


Bees use the honey they store for food during the colder months when they don't have as much to forage on. Therefore, we didn't harvest any honey last season as we didn't want to leave them short during Winter, we only harvest honey when it is surplus to the hives needs. We wanted our bees to be able to sail through Winter and be as strong as possible as we welcome Spring. We also have many young hives and wanted to support them as much as possible to become strong, healthy and more established.

Fingers crossed it will be a great season for them, it has started off well, with lots of gum flowering in our area. Hopefully we will have some beautiful, pure honey to enjoy in the next few months.


xo Celeste