I spend the majority of my year covered in bees, so of course I think honey (and bees) are amazing. But I would like to share a few reasons with you as to why you should, too.
There are over 300 varieties of honey in the US alone. Honey can be almost black, like buckwheat honey, nearly clear like fireweed honey, and every shade and flavor in between.
Contrary to popular belief, honey is NOT bee puke.
A honey bee will leave the hive and fill up on flower nectar, a sweet carb-loaded treat that a flower offers its pollinator in exchange for pollination (moving powdery pollen from a flower‚Äôs anther to its stigma). She (yes, she - all worker bees are female) stores the nectar in a ‚Äúhoney crop‚Äù in her abdomen. A honey crop is like a chipmunk cheek, it‚Äôs used for storage, not digestion.
When she¬† is full, she‚Äôll return back to the hive and off-load the sticky treasure to a bee on nectar processing duty.
This bee fills the wax honey combs in the hive with nectar.¬† She simultaneously adds enzymes from glands in her head to the nectar. She also uses her wings to fan about 80% of the water out of the nectar.
Once the right balance of moisture is reached, the bee will seal the hexagon cell with a wax capping. Then, the honey is good to go for about THREE THOUSAND YEARS!!
No joke ‚Äì honey doesn‚Äôt have an expiration date. Archeologists have found sealed honey in Europe and Egypt that is roughly 3,000 years old. And, it‚Äôs still totally edible.
Take a closer look into how bees make honey here.¬†