In what could be their last year of production (should things not go Obama's way in November), the White House bees delivered a healthy 175 pounds of honey for 2012.
Since 2009, Michelle Obama has kept a beehive — a first for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — to go along with her 1,100-square-foot vegetable garden on the South Lawn. The honey harvested by now-retired White House carpenter and bee keeper Charlie Brandts has been used by the White House kitchens, given away as gifts to foreign leaders and guests, and more recently, been revealed as a primary ingredient in the homebrewed White House Honey Ale.
"These bees on the South Grounds are such sweet bees," Brandts said in a 2009 NY Times interview. "I don't know if it's because they are down there by themselves or they are just the best bees."
Analysis of the honey last year by Texas A&M University revealed the dominant pollen source as clover — along with dogwood, cherry, crepe myrtle, elm, magnolia trees, honeysuckle and even poison ivy.
To learn more about the White House bees, which number nearly 70,000, check out the video below.
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