Through our partnership with Alvéole and urban gardener Amanda Haas, The Ainsley has recently housed thousands of bees atop the rooftop terrace. Now, the bees are busy at work filling out their hive and packing in nectar and pollen from nearby flowers.
Our growing hive at The Ainsley holds over 15,000 bees flying more than 9,800 miles daily. What’s bee-hind the benefits of locally sourced honey? There’s more to it than meets the eye:
A Spoonful A Day Keeps The Allergens Away
Sneezing less this season? It might be your daily honey habit keeping your allergies at bay. When the bees at The Ainsley’s BeeHome visit the plants and flowers in the neighborhood, they gather pollen and bring it back to the hive.
The pollen found naturally in honey is crucial to boosting your immune system. Sourcing locally makes all the difference––since most seasonal allergies are caused by what’s directly in your environment.
Locally-Sourced Honey Is High In Antioxidants
Honey isn’t just sweet to the taste, it’s also packed with nutrient-rich antioxidants. When you enjoy a spoonful of honey alone or drizzled over an açaí bowl, you’re also reaping the benefits of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Many fruits and vegetables are also rich in polyphenols.
Plus, there’s also evidence showing that honey can soothe a cough or sore throat. Stir some in a cup of hot tea for a comforting drink or mix it into your favorite salad dressing.
Bees Give Back To Our Environment
As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem. Bees pollinate more than 130 varieties of fruits and vegetables around the globe, representing a third of our food supply. They’re an essential part of food production and sustainable preservation of large populations of bees, butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators that are in rapid decline all over the world.
The BeeHome at The Ainsley supports the ongoing effort to create biodiversity within our community and contribute to a more sustainable approach to urban living in Los Angeles.
We’re proud to offer the BeeHome to our residents and maintain a commitment to our local community. Follow along for updates as our busy bees work on the next harvest of honey for residents of The Melrose Collection.