Honey’s one of the most versatile sweeteners available in nature. You could use it to replace sugar in just about any recipe, and not only does it work, but in some instances, it makes them turn out even better.
Honey goes great on pancakes, is strangely delicious in peanut butter, goes great in tea, and has a number of soothing properties for not just your throat, but as part of topical solutions as well.
Now you might know honey’s pretty much regurgitated bee nectar, but there are a bunch of facts about this amazing food you probably don’t know. And because it’s National Honey day, I’m going to tell you.
1. It never goes bad.
Like, never. For example, a 3,000-year-old jar of honey was found that dated back to Ancient Egypt. And yeah, it was perfectly edible.
2. It’s got magical medical powers.
Bacteria can’t really live in honey, so, ancient civilizations would use the stuff to cover scrapes and burns to prevent them from getting infected. Till this day it helps treat dandruff, ulcers, and seasonal allergies.
3. The amount of honey each bee colony makes is amazing.
30-100 pounds of honey’s produced every year by a single hive.
4. Bees get a lot of energy from honey.
Today I am submitting an entry for Honey in the @goodfoodawards Wish us luck💛 Also did you know "Organic honey might not be as accessible as you might think. Bees fly up to a 5 mile radius to forage for nectar, which includes approximately 79 square miles of area–all that of which needs to be certified organic. Because of the difficulty ensuring these standards, there is currently no organic honey produced in the United States except in some spots of Hawaii. Almost all of the organic honey we see in the supermarket is imported from Brazil, India or Mexico." – UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center Check out this gorgeous honey I had harvested a few years back. Incredible caramel taste and thick consistency. 🍯 #honey #honeymedicine #honeybeelove #goodfoodawards #nofilter
If a bee wanted to fly around the world, it’d only need two tablespoons of honey to do so.
5. Beekeepers only sell residual honey.
A hive will usually produce 2-3 times the amount of honey they need to last a typical winter. If beekeepers think their buzzy friends need more sustenance, they feed them sugar syrup to make up for their over-harvesting.
6. Honey’s impact on the US economy is staggering.
$20 billion of American crops are pollinated by bees, and a third of every single thing a US citizen eats is somehow a product of bee pollination. Thank you, bees.
7. There are only seven known honey bee species.
That’s out of 20,000 different bee species on earth. So we have a lot to thank the Apis Mellifera species for.
8. Honey comes in all different flavors, textures, and colors.
From spicy to mentholated to yellow to dark brown, different bees from different regions who pollinate different plants produce a wide variety of honeys.
9. We’ve evolved as humans to spot honey as a high-calorie food source.
Honey was prime-eating back in humanity’s hunter-gatherer days, and a 2007 study proves that both men and women can spot high-calorie foods, like olive oil and honey, as high-calorie food options.