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Honey bees and apples

(article, Culinate staff)

In mid-August, Civil Eats ran a roundup by Twilight Greenaway on the summer's top bee stories, which ranged from the ongoing bee-health problem to beekeeping trends to possible political action on protecting bees.

Honey bees, of course, are crucial for crop pollination — something we're paying more attention to lately, along with the fact that the more ancient and vibrant a plant species is, the better it is for us to eat. As a British study just declared, an 800-year-old apple variety called the Pendragon is more nutritious than newer varieties.

But you need bees to pollinate those apple trees and keep the fruit around.