All Frygana beehives are located at Serifos island, Greece, where all extraction, filtering and bottling procedures take place.

 

The first step before starting the honey extraction process is to harvest the propolis (i.e. a bee product from a resinous sticky substance, whose extract is known for its beneficial properties for our health). 

 

Then, the next step is to break or remove all of the cappings (bits of wax). This can be done either by using an automated uncapper machine and/or with a manually-operated uncapping knife. Usually, these tools are used together, along with a pronged cappings fork. To facilitate cutting off these wax cappings, the knife is often heated. The removed cappings are rich in honey which can be slowly drained off with the help of some heating. This 'cappings wax' is very valuable and often used to make creams, beeswax or other products. Automated uncapping machines normally work by abrading the surface of the wax with moving chains or bristles or hot knives. This, while messy, makes the process easier than doing this task manually.

Once uncapped, the frames are then placed in the honey extractor, which spins them so that most of the honey is removed by centrifugal force. Once extracted, the resulting honey will still contain bits of wax and must be passed through a screen so that clean liquid honey results.

Any honey that can't be harvested, which includes crystallized honey left on the frames after extraction, or honey that is not capped over, and therefore unripened, is usually placed back into the colonies for the bees to clean up. 

The extraction process is done inside a honey house that can be heated (since hot honey will flow faster), with all of the necessary tools nearby and is washable. The room is well sealed, so that bees (and other insects) cannot enter and gather the honey.

 

All extraction and bottling processes are done on the premises of and under the auspices of the Agricultural Beekeepers' Association of Serifos.

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