Facts & History

I love facts and history.  I thought we would share a few things with you.  

  • Bee Sweet NC, LLC

    Busy Bees making honey

    Honey never spoils. No need to refrigerate it. It can be stored unopened, indefinitely, at room temperature in a dry cupboard.

  • Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence. It was found in the tomb of King Tut and was still edible since honey never spoils.
  • Due to the high level of fructose, honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar.
  • Honey is created when bees mix plant nectar, a sweet substance secreted by flowers, with their own bee enzymes.
  • To make honey, bees drop the collected nectar into the honeycomb and then evaporate it by fanning their wings.
  • Honey has different flavors and colors, depending on the location and kinds of flowers the bees visit. Climatic conditions of the area also influence its flavor and color.
  • To keep their hives strong, beekeepers must place them in locations that will provide abundant nectar sources as well as water.
  • In the days before biology and botany were understood, people thought it was a special kind of magic that turned flower nectar into honey.
  • Have you burned your skin? Received a cut or abrasion? Mix honey with cod liver oil and place over the infected area. Bandage it up or that will be just too sticky of a mess. Change daily and it will assist in the healing process. Have chapped lips? Apply honey!!!
  • Honey is a Hebrew word meaning enchant. Initially it was a culinary sweeter, but now it is also recognized worldwide as a healing ingredient in medicinal treatment.
  • Egyptians would used honey as a form of payment.   Honey was fed to their sacred animals. It was often offered as a tribute.
  • Greeks and Roman referred to honey as a food fit for the gods. Some are of the belief the honey is the ambrosia of the gods. Greek custom was to offer honey to the gods and deceased spirits, this tribute kept one out of harm’s way and in a spirit or god’s good graces.
  • A honey wine was developed, It’s given name was mead.  We know it is honey wine.
  • Have allergies?  Take a teaspoon a day of a honey made from the region where you reside and it will aid in developing resistance to pollen thereby reducing your allergies. This works in animals, too. Not a teaspoon, but a little dollop in their mouth can help with an animal’s environmental allergies
  • To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 300 bees.
  • Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
  • A typical beehive can make up to 200 pounds of honey per year.
  • Honeybees never sleep!
  • Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.
  • A honeybee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour.
  • Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
  • Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).
  • Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren’t blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them.  It takes 35 pounds of honey to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the winter.  They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.
  • Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut’s tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
  • A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.
  • Honeybees are one of science’s great mysteries because they have remained unchanged  for years, even though the world changed around them.
  • The true honeybee was not known in the Americas until Spanish, Dutch, and English settlers introduced it near the end of the 17th century.
  • Did you know that bees have 4 wings?
  • The honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • How many eyes does a honeybee have? Five.
  • Honeybee colonies have unique odors that members flash like identification cards at the hive’s front door. All the individual bees in a colony smell enough alike so that the guard bees can identify them.

 

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