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Facts and figures about South Tyrolean honey

Bees, honey and beekeepers

How many hives are there in South Tyrol/Südtirol? How many kilos of honey can you get from one hive? And what does honey actually consist of? We are happy to answer your questions. Here are a few facts and figures about South Tyrolean bees and their much-loved product, South Tyrolean honey:

  • In South Tyrol there are more than 6,000 hives which produce honey with seal of quality.
  • They are looked after by about 110 beekeepers
  • A hive consists of one queen and 40,000 to 60,000 worker bees.
  • The bees pollinate a large proportion of useful plants such as apple trees, cherry trees, apricot trees and countless wild plants.
  • In one year, the bees transport 20 kg water, 20 kg pollen, 180 kg nectar for their own needs and 40 kg nectar (= 15 kg honey) for the beekeeper.
Facts and figures about South Tyrolean honey

  • One hive supplies an average of 15 kg honey a year. 
  • In order to make 1 kg of honey, the bees have to make 60,000 expeditions to 5 million flowers and collect 3 kg of nectar.
  • Every year, South Tyrolean bees provide 90,000 kg honey with seal of quality.
  • Honey from South Tyrol contains approx. 34 – 41 % fructose, 28 – 35 % glucose and no more than 18.5 % water; the remainder is made up of minerals and trace elements.