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Amazing facts about Honey that we bet you didn’t know!
Honey, honey, honey! Don’t e confused by the version of honey that is an endearment (like Hey Honey…) though it did come from the original and magical food which is sweet and delectable. Honey does not ever spoil! Yes it’s true! You have to keep it in a properly airtight or sealed bottle of proper quality. Research has clearly shown how honey has almost endless shelf life when you keep it in the proper conditions. The oldest honey was reportedly discovered in several ancient sites including the tombs of Egyptians that went all the back by many thousands of years! Honey has lower moisture levels and is acidic by nature, hence it is difficult for party-pooping bacteria to grow in its midst. There is another special enzyme contained in the stomach of bees which helps in breaking down chemicals that inhibit growth of several micro organisms including bacteria.
Excited already? On that note, here are some amazing facts about honey that we bet you didn’t know!
- The Basics of Honey Production- Production of honey happens due to the tireless efforts of bees made throughout the entire summer. They create ample honey for making sure that their colonies get enough food and sustenance in the cold winter spell ahead. The honey offers energy to the bees for vibrating their bodies, creating sufficient heat for keeping the entire hive and their queen warm. #LikeaBoss just got new dimensions here! More interesting is the fact that it will require only a couple of tablespoons of this liquid gold for sustaining the flight of a bee throughout the whole world!
- Usage as Currency- Did you know that back in the 11th century, honey was actually a highly valued commodity as far as Germany was concerned? Lords then in Germany used to make their peasants pay them not in actual currency but through honey. The much-valued honey was highly coveted since it was the best ingredient for sweetening beer in those days!
- Honey’s Multifarious Benefits– Honey has been used medically for a long time now, especially in India. It contains several anti-bacterial properties and has been used to cure several illnesses and ailments including burns, cuts, stomach ulcers, infections and a lot more. Honey is the sole food we know of, that contains all the ingredients that a human being requires for staying alive! This includes minerals, water, vitamins and even vital enzymes which lend a whole lot of energy to the body. The hugely essential antioxidant Pinocembrin is also contained in honey while being highly effective in enhancing the overall functioning of the human brain. Honey also comes with antioxidant levels which are similar to those of spinach, apples, oranges and strawberries.
- Allergy Reduction- Honey is also known to help greatly in the treatment of several seasonal irritants and allergies. Those suffering from the same may make use of locally produced honey for developing higher immunity towards local plants that may otherwise trigger these allergies. A teaspoon of honey consumed on a daily basis will naturally enable better immunity build-up within the system and also improve pollen immunity prior to the beginning of the season. Local honey will have allergens of local plants and this is what helps in providing relief from vicious allergies.
- Naturally Soothing- While honey does have a raft of medicinal attributes and functions, it is also regarded as a highly popular ingredient for several natural and beneficial home remedies in turn. Honey is also used widely for personal care and other products available worldwide including lotions, conditioners and even shampoos. It is also a remedy for soothing a sore or itchy throat and also for combating cough and cold. In fact, those who are loyal to the golden liquid often prefer it to medication. Yes, we’re not kidding by any stretch of the imagination!
- Elimination of Parasites– Multiple parasites are known for invading our bodies and causing a variety of ailments. Consuming water, honey and vinegar, as believed by experts, will help you steadily eliminate these parasites once and for all. This will even cleanse your body in a manner of speaking.
- Are there any counterparts to bees– Honey is majorly churned out by tireless bee workers. However, there is a certain type of honey wasp which also gets in on the action! You probably did not know that there is a specific type of Mexican honey wasp which churns out sizable amounts of honey although some of this production may otherwise be poisonous owing to the flowers from which pollen is collected by them.
- Shelf Life- Flowering plants first existed from almost 130 million years earlier. It required millions of years before bees came into the picture. The oldest fossilized honeycomb goes back by a whopping three million years as per studies. Human beings have been depending on honey for various reasons over thousands of years. Spain has an ancient drawing in a cave that depicts honey being taken from a hive. This painting goes back all the way by an unbelievable 15,000 years as researchers will have us know!
- Why farmers love honey– A single colony of bees will churn out almost three times more honey than it requires for sustaining itself throughout the winter season. Beekeepers should make sure that they leave ample honey to keep the colony in the pink of health (quite literally!) throughout the winters. When there is considerable production, sugar syrup may often be required by beekeepers for the fall or harvest season. A regular colony is comprised of roughly 30-60,000 bees in all.
- A special trait- Honey bees have several intriguing and special traits which characterize them and make them stand out. Honey bees pollinate crops and flowers while they are gathering pollen for production of honey. This takes care of a major chunk of food that is consumed in several parts of the world. Without this pollination activity courtesy of bees, the entire economy and environment will be subjected to massive damages in turn.
- Some fun anecdotes– You’ll be stoked to know that when honey bees return to their hives with pollen collected for making honey, they have a little dance performed for intimating the rest of their hive mates regarding the location of the good and suitable flowers! Yes, the bees will then transform collected nectar into precious honey through the addition of enzymes from the stomach and also by lowering moisture. This happens when they keep flapping their wings swiftly. For creating a pound of honey, bees will have to approximately visit two million flowers and fly for roughly 55,000 miles in all. Isn’t that jaw-dropping by all means?
- It’s an ever-expanding lineup– Honey has immense variety with several colors, flavors and types. It all depends upon the type and source of nectar collected by the bees. Some globally acclaimed types include buckwheat, wildflower and even clover honey for instance. Eucalyptus honey is also present in the market with the highest number denoting the color which is the darkest. Honey is also valued on the basis of granulation which means the time that is required for crystallization of the same. Unfiltered and raw honey will naturally witness swifter granulation in comparison to regular filtered honey. Granulated honey may also be turned into the liquid form once again if you use hot water.
These are some truly fascinating and intriguing facts about honey that many of us did not know earlier! Here’s to many such discoveries pertaining to the golden liquid that definitely makes our lives healthier and substantially happier in the bargain!