The SugarBee® Story
Decades ago, a Minnesota orchardist named Chuck Nystrom filled his orchard with apple seeds of every variety he could imagine. After lots of patience, time, and plenty of water and sunlight, each of these seeds grew into large, healthy apple trees. Some trees produced Gala apples, some trees produced Honeycrisp apples, some trees produced Red Delicious apples, and so on!
But before the fruit can grow, a critical spring time task is carried out by the smallest of helpers — the honey bee! Apple trees bud beautiful pink and white apple blossoms, but in order for each flower to become a future apple, it must be pollinated by a honey bee who flies from flower to flower collecting nectar to turn into honey.
Most apples need pollen from a different variety of apple to set fruit. This process is called “cross-pollination” and orchardists work hard to ensure compatible varieties are planted near one another so the apples will be juicy and sweet.
One sunny spring day, a honey bee was buzzing throughout Mr. Nystrom’s orchard, collecting nectar and cross-pollinating apple blossoms along the way. While buzzing to-and-fro, the honey bee stopped at a Honeycrisp tree and collected nectar and pollen from one of its blossoms. As the day went on, this little honey bee passed that Honeycrisp apple pollen onto other lovely blossoms. Little did this bee know its cross-pollination between a Honeycrisp and an unknown variety had just resulted in the beloved SugarBee®™ apple we know and enjoy today!