honey facts, but to learn more about facts about honey bees themselves, see the
- Honey is the wax-capped
nectar food stores made by honey bees to see them through the winter. The honey purchased by humans is the food
stores harvested by beekeepers and put into jars. Learn about why honey bees make honey.
- Foraging bees
have to fly about 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey, visiting around 2
- Honey is made
from nectar and a bee enzyme, that has been stored in honey combs and has gone through
a fermentation process. Read more about how bees make honey.
- Natural honey
also contains flower pollen grains.
- Honey is the
only food made by an insect, and eaten both by the insect and humans. Read about buying honey.
- Honey will
keep indefinitely in a jar. However, it
can react to cool temperatures by crystallizing. Read about crystallised honey.
- Honey has
anti-bacterial and anti-septic benefits that are so effective, there is a peer reviewed,
published paper demonstrating that honey is effective against MRSA – or Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is ordinarily difficult to treat.
- Bumblebees do not make honey in the way we think of it, but they do have their own version of honey. Read more here.
- Honey is used sometimes in beauty treatments, especially for its moisturizing and antiseptic qualities. Read more here.
Historical Honey Facts
- Perhaps one of the most bizarre honey facts relates
to the Ancient Egyptians. There are
records from 1550BC, referring to the use by women of honey applied to linen to
- Rameses III,
the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, offered a river god a honey sacrifice. 30,000 lbs of honey were dumped into the
- Alexander the
Great died thousands of miles from his homeland. The preserved body was carried home in a
golden coffin lined with honey.
- Ancient Greek
civilizations regarded honey as a symbol of blessings, and happiness. It was also used in funerals, when honey was offered
to spirits of dead people.
- In the 1650s
in England, the gross national proft from honey was estimated by the polymath,
Samuel Hartlib, to be worth £300,000, which was a fortune at that time.
- In feudal
times in medieval Europe, honey was used as a source of revenue in the form of
a tax, and was gathered by the lords. There are records of this practice in England
in the Domesday Book, as well as records of the practice in Germany. Similarly,
in France, lords collected honey from honey hunters and beekeepers. In 1791, when the French government demanded
a record of all hives for the purpose of collecting taxes, many hives were
destroyed by their owners.
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