February 17th, 2014
Almonds have gained quite a following over the years. They’ve even earned their own holiday! February 16th is National Almond Day and we plan to raise a glass of Pacific Foods Organic Almond Non-Dairy Beverage in honor of our favorite tree nuts.
Did you know that almonds wouldn’t be here without honeybees? Honeybees are almond trees’ most important pollinator. In fact, to create a single almond, an almond blossom needs as many as a dozen bee visits. Most almond growers bring bee hives in to pollinate their orchards each spring. In recent years, honeybee colonies have seen a dramatic decline, which has in turn, threatened almond production.
Thankfully, research programs are underway to help save the honeybee population, which is bound to help almond growers, as well. Experts expect they’ll recover in time. What can you do?
Buy organic almonds. Honeybees are sensitive to nasty pesticides.
Drink organic almond milk. Pacific Foods only uses organic, non-treated almonds in all our Almond Non-Dairy Beverages.
Buy honey from local providers. By avoiding industrialized and imported honeys, we will encourage more honeybee activity here at home.
Keep a bee-friendly garden. Plant blooms that honeybees are attracted to such as sedum, penstemon, day lilies and morning glory. And always steer clear of pesticides.
We’re not out of the woods yet, but in time, we hope to celebrate more bees, more almonds and more National Almond Days for many years to come. What are you doing to help the honeybees? Let us know.
To learn more about the almond and honey bee relationship, check out this article on Time.com