WHAT IS ROYAL JELLY?
Royal jelly is a "thick milky" substance that worker bees produce to feed the larva of workers bees for the first 3 days. Worker bees are fed a mixture of pollen and honey after the 3 days of Royal Jelly. However, the larva which the workers have selected to develop into Queens are continued to be fed Royal Jelly by worker bees for 10 days and the abundance of Royal Jelly is what makes the larva become a Queen. Queen bees are made from the same kind of egg that makes a worker but the egg fed more Royal Jelly produces a Queen. It is the Royal Jelly that makes a Queen a Queen.
The Queen Bee is about 45% longer and 60% heavier than the normal worker bee. She can lay up to 2000 eggs a day in the peak of the season which all together weigh approximately 2 ½ times her own body weight. The Queen only leaves her hive to mate in the air or to leave with a swarm. The Queen can live up to 6 years but in most cases, she becomes nonproductive by the 4th year and the workers then replace her by producing a new queen. Most beekeepers , however, replace the queen by the 3rd year or sooner to keep the hive strong.
SHOULD I GO WITH FREEZE DRIED OR NATURAL ROYAL JELLY?
Regardless of whether you purchase your royal jelly from Durham's Bee Farm or another source, you should buy freeze dried royal jelly. Read below on facts about freeze-dried vs. natural royal jelly.
Freeze-Dried Royal Jelly is fresh Royal jelly with the water removed. Freeze-Dried Royal Jelly contains 100% of the original nutrients, maintaining its full strength providing you a wonderful product that is very stable. Freeze Dried Royal Jelly has a long shelf life giving you flexibility to take it with you on trip or leave at the office without refrigeration.