HONEY FACTS AND NUTRITION

Honey is a pretty amazing substance and there is a lot more to it than just a sweet tasting treat. Honey plays a crucial role in the life of a honey bee and can also be very beneficial to the human body. We invite you to learn more about honey and bees and how they can enrich our lives.

Interesting Honey Facts

  • Crystallised honey is also called ‘granulated honey’ or ‘candied honey’. It can be returned to a liquid state by warming.
  • Minimally processed honey is Raw honey. It can contain pollen, propolis, royal jelly and small particles of wax.
  • Filtered honey is honey of any type that has been filtered to the extent that all or most of the fine particles, pollen grains, air bubbles, or other materials normally found in a suspension, have been removed. In the process honey can be heated up to allow it to more easily pass through the filter. Filtered honey is clear and will not crystallise as readily as Raw honey, making it the preferred choice of many people for table honey.
  • Creamed honey, also called whipped honey, spun honey, churned honey, candied honey, honey fondant, and set honey, is processed to control crystallisation. Creamed honey contains a large number of small crystals, which prevent the formation of larger crystals that can occur in unprocessed honey. The processing also produces a honey with a smooth, spreadable consistency. Most people describe creamed honey as ‘Yummy’.
  • Dried honey has the moisture extracted from liquid honey to create completely solid, non-sticky granules. This process may or may not include the use of drying and anti-caking agents. Dried honey is commonly used to garnish desserts or as a flavour additive in a snack eg biscuits or potato crisps.
  • Comb honey is honey still in the honeybees’ wax comb. It is collected by using standard wooden frames in honey supers. The frames are collected and the comb is cut out in chunks before packaging. This job is labour intensive. Such traditionally harvested comb honey is called ‘cut-comb honey’.
  • Comb in honey or chunk honey is packed in containers consisting of one or more pieces of comb honey immersed in extracted liquid honey.

A Natural Healer

Honey is probably the sweetest tasting medicine known to mankind. It is one of those natural remedies that man has failed to replicate in the laboratory. It is loaded with a variety of natural substances that work to relieve various conditions. There are some precautions to be taken while using honey as a medicine. For instance, it should not be given to children under the age of 12 months.

Edible Honey Found In The Pyramids

While we do not know when man discovered honey, we know for sure that it was found in the Tombs in the Egyptian Pyramids and it was still edible!!

It is safe to assume that the knowledge of honey being good for you was instinctive. Many animals go great distances to find the bee for its honey. While we know very little about the diet of early man, we do have evidence of honey forming a valuable part of the diet plan. Honey has always been known for its therapeutic properties.

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Heaven Sent

Honey has been traditionally worshipped because of its healing powers. The medicinal powers of honey are well documented across various cultures. It is considered to be a divine creation. Throughout antiquity right to the space age, honey and other foods from the beehive have been revered as having wonderful healing powers.

Eastern Magic Potion

In many eastern cultures honey is still used as a versatile home remedy. A little honey with some crushed basil leaves is considered to be a potent measure to get rid of colds and fevers. Honey is also used as a cosmetic in almost all cultures.

Bible’s Sweet

Honey also has Biblical and Quran references. The use of honey as an internal and external remedial food must be much older than the written history of medicine itself. It is, beyond doubt, the oldest panacea. In the most ancient scripts, we find references to honey as a glorified food, an ingredient of favoured drinks, a popular natural medicine, and the principal component of liniments and plasters. The oldest mythologies praised the invigorating and health-giving qualities of honey. Many allusions were made to its magic healing powers. Honey is frequently mentioned and adored in the Bible.

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