Processing Plant Honey and Derivatives
The aim of the plant Mieles y Derivados is to provide students with basic knowledge of handling and processing apiaries bee products. In the apiaries students learn about good beekeeping practices and the process of harvesting honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and wax.
Processing Plant Mieles y Derivados has the ability to work with eight students at a time, producing 1700 kilos of honey and 50 kilos of pollen per month, all within areas that allow the hygienic process of apiculture products. This area includes: a classroom, processing room and two storage rooms (raw materials and finished products). Daily activities that students perform within the processing plant are: honey, royal jelly, pollen, propolis and wax. Also students can also make it their thesis work.
Eventually the plant provides training to beekeepers in Central America, just over a decade, Zamorano trained beekeepers communities of El Paraiso, Honduras, in beekeeping and now some of these producers have become our suppliers of honey. During this process students evaluate samples they bring and determine if the quality is viable for commercialization.
Students of the School of Food Agoindustria (AGI) investigated about the properties of honey and its derivatives. They have conducted research in order to bring to market new products such as yogurt with honey and pollen (an energizing food) and dried fruits in honey. They have also evaluated the potential of propolis as a natural preservative of food.