1.HONEY NEVER GOES OFF
When sealed in an airtight container, honey is one of the few foods that have an eternal shelf life. There are even reports of edible honey being found in several-thousand-year-old Egyptian tombs. Honey’s long shelf life can be explained by its chemical makeup: The it is naturally acidic and low in moisture, making it an inhospitable environment for bacteria.
2. HONEY IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY
The environment depends on the pollination that occurs when honey bees gather nectar. Bees pollinate billions worth of crops each year, and approximately one third of all food eaten is either directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination.
3.BEEKEEPERS ONLY TAKE WHAT’S EXTRA
A productive bee colony makes two to three times more honey than it needs to survive the winter. When harvesting honey from a beehive, beekeepers try not to take anything the bees will miss. If necessary, beekeepers will feed bees sugar syrup in the autumn to compensate for the honey they take.
4.BEES MAKE A LOT OF HONEY
A typical beehive can produce anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds of honey a year. To produce a single pound of honey, a colony of bees must collect nectar from approximately 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles. This amounts to a lifetime’s worth of work for around 800 bees.
5.HONEY WAS A HOT COMMODITY IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
In 11th century Germany, honey was so highly valued for its beer-sweetening abilities that German feudal lords required their peasants to make them payments of honey and beeswax.
6.BEES SURVIVE ON HONEY IN THE WINTER
Bees work hard all summer to ensure they’ll have enough honey to sustain the hive through the winter. During the colder months, bees occupy their time by clustering themselves around the queen and shivering their bodies to fill the hive with warmth. All that shivering burns a lot of calories, so honey makes for the perfect high-energy diet.
7.HONEY IS MEDICINAL
Evidence of honey being prescribed as a medical treatment dates back as far as ancient Mesopotamia. Because the substance is so inhospitable to bacteria, it was often used as a natural bandage to protect cuts and burns from infection. Today, honey is still used as a natural treatment for dandruff, stomach ulcers, and even seasonal allergies.
8.FOR BEES, A LITTLE HONEY GOES A LONG WAY
On average, a honey bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life. To put that into perspective, two tablespoons of honey would be enough to fuel a bee’s entire flight around the world.
9.THERE ARE DIFFERENT FLAVORS AND COLORS OF HONEY
Honey’s depth of flavour is determined by the source of the nectar it was made from. Linden honey is delicate and woodsy, buckwheat honey is strong and spicy, and eucalyptus honey has a subtle menthol flavour. The darkness or lightness of certain honey varies as well.
10.BEES ARE A SURPRISINGLY VERSATILE FOOD SOURCE
Though Westerners are still squeamish about using insects themselves as a source of protein, we seem to have no problem eating something that’s been regurgitated by them. And bees also provide us with Royal Jelly, beeswax, bee pollen, and other interesting and exotic foods.