Almond orchards around the country are welcoming billions of buzzing bees for the almond blossom season; ready to pollinate the flowering trees. Over 277,000 hives from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia will be brought to the orchards to pollinate the blossoming almond trees and continue the cycles of growth.
Beekeeper Peter McDonald, praises the annual event and its contribution to the sustainability of beekeeping professions.
“The almond pollination season has become one of the most important times of the year for the bee industry,” he says. The number of bees are carefully matched to available pollen in the orchard, ensuring no bee goes hungry.
This year marks the beginning of Almond Board of Australia’s partnership with Bee Friendly Farming Australia, showcasing the commitment to help protect, preserve and promote the little pollinators’ health.
Joseph Ebbage, Market Development Manager at Almond Board of Australia, says the practices have been developed to ensure they’re as bee friendly as possible.
“Bees are crucial to the almond blossom season because without the bees, there would be no Australian almonds. It’s a beautifully symbiotic relationship which is beautiful to see,” he says. “Come August the almond trees burst into blooms and remind us why bees are so important to the eco system. “This annual pollination steadily helps increase the number of bees and ensures the viability of beekeepers across Australia.”
Peter McDonald says the added logistical challenges due to COVID can be difficult but are ultimately worth it.
“The bees get very excited when they get to the almonds, it’s like the Garden of Eden for them,” he added.
Australian almonds have bees all around Australia to thank for their existence. Bee friendly and support the almond blossom season by whipping up an almond and honey delicacy today.
Find lots of great recipes using Aussie almond products on the Australian Almonds website –
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