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The Sweet Secret of Honey

Honey has been used by mankind for thousands of years – a naturally sweet, viscous liquid and food source made from the nectar of flowers and collected by honey bees.

Did you know that honeybees pollinate an estimated one-third of all the food crops we consume?

Honey is sweeter than sugar, a teaspoon of honey contains 20 calories, 5 grams of sugar and no fat.


Contrary to popular belief, not all honey is created in the same way.

We are surrounded by many type of honey and varying flavours of the same substance!

Similar to wine, the flavour of honey depends on what flowers the honeybees have visited. 

 

 

 

Colony of bees store it in what's called their “honey stomach”, which is unlike their food stomach.

When they have a full load, they fly back to the hive.

From here, they pass it on through their mouths to other worker bees who chew it for about half an hour.

The journey of how bees produce honey goes on as it’s passed from bee to bee, until it gradually turns into delicious honey.

Honey Heaven's Creamed honey is crystallized honey that's spun until it's creamy, smooth, spreadable, and absolutely delicious.

From a nutritional point of view creamed honey indicates a healthier product.

This is especially true if flavored with herbs or spices. 

 

Some interesting facts about honey:

  • Studies of the similarity of the DNA in wasps and bees suggest that the first bees appeared about 130 million years ago.
  • The most important thing that bees do is pollinate. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators. 
  • Honey bees will tap about two million flowers and fly 50,000 miles (80,000 km) to make one pound (454 g) of honey. 
  • While sugar is 100 per cent sucrose, honey is made up of around 75 per cent sugars, of which roughly half is glucose and half is fructose (these proportions may vary depending on the source of the nectar). 
  • Shelf life for commercial honey has been established at around two years. 
  • Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies. 
  • Royal jelly is a gelatinous substance produced by honey bees to feed the queen bees and their young and has a lot of healt benefits.
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