Deise Irish Honey
Pat Deasy is a radical bee keeper. He is the chairman of the Native Irish Honey Bee Society, and he and his beekeeping colleagues want Ireland to be both the home and the haven for the native bee – Apis mellifera mellifera. The native bees are known as ‘black bees” due to their appearance and they are of vital importance to our biodiversity because they are naturally adapted to our climate, they live longer than other honey bees and they are excellent producers of honey. Of course, campaigning on behalf of the black bee is just one thing Mr Deasy does, and the other is to make his own superlative Deise honey, a teasing torrent of floral and leaf tastes which is amongst the very best honeys we have ever enjoyed. Honey bees are vital to our economy – their value as pollinators runs into millions of euro each year – but they are just as vital to our souls, for they are amongst the most fundamental and important of all the creatures, as fundamental and important as beekeepers.
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