Honey, a delicious and mystical food item made exclusively by honeybees, is widely appreciated around the globe. If you thought you knew everything about honey, think again. Here are 10 interesting facts about honey that you may not be aware of!
Honey consists of 80% sugars and 20% water.
About a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey is produced by a single honeybee over its lifetime. To put that in perspective, a bee could fly across the world on just two tablespoons of honey.
Honey is the only food that contains all the elements necessary to sustain life, including water.
Honey keeps indefinitely if kept in airtight containers; meaning it will last forever!
Honey’s ability to attract and hold moisture makes it a useful ingredient in cosmetics including shampoos, lotions, and conditioners. Honey’s natural antibacterial characteristics make it a great ingredient in DIY toiletries.
Each of the more than 300 varieties of honey produced in the United States has its own distinct aroma, flavour, and even colour, all of which are influenced not only by the flowers from which the bees collect nectar, but also by the weather, the time of year, and even the bees’ genetic makeup. And the most well-liked are: Manuka Honey, Blueberry Honey, Buckwheat Honey, Clover Honey, Japanese Bamboo Honey, Knapweed Honey, Amorpha Honey, Linden Honey, Mountain Honey, Meadow Honey, Sage Honey, and Lavender Honey.
The bees store enough honey over the summer to last the colony through the colder months. During the winter, the bees will cluster close to the queen and shiver to generate heat for the hive. Honey is an excellent source of energy because all that shivering uses up a lot of calories.
Honey has medicinal uses. Its use as a medicine has been documented all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia. To prevent the spread of infection after a wound or burn, this substance was frequently used as a natural bandage due to its antimicrobial properties. Honey is still utilised as an all-natural remedy for dandruff, stomach ulcers, and even seasonal allergies in the modern era.
A lot of effort was made by honey vendors to get people to buy their product. Some honey sellers began donning “bee beards” in the 1830s (and maybe much earlier) to draw attention to their wares. The bees will cluster on your face as you hold a caged queen bee under your chin. In today’s society, bee beards are more popular than ever. Each year, the Canadian province of Ontario hosts a competition to see who can grow the best bee beard.
Honey is not produced by bees only. Although bees are responsible for the production of the vast majority of honey, there is a species of wasp that also produces honey. The Mexican honey wasp collects pollen from a wide variety of flowers, and while it makes a lot of honey, part of it is deadly.
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