Tasty Truths About Honey
That buzz you hear isn’t just the honeybees – it’s the interest in keeping and gathering honey from “apis mellifera” that’s growing in the U.S.
Right now, we’re suiting up in protective gear so you don’t have to, and we’re smoking out the stories and lore to share with you next week.
But why wait? Here are some thoughts to whet your appetite until then.
- Among the more than 900,000 kinds of insects in the world, only bees produce a substance eaten by humans.
- Avocado, blueberry, eucalyptus, tupelo, sourwood, orange, and sage are just a few of the more than 300 varieties of honey available in the U.S.
- Honey is fat-free and cholesterol-free.
- Unadulterated honey will last almost forever, or at least a few thousand years. Honey is very low in moisture and its pH is acidic. That and a few other factors will squelch the life out of most any bacteria that try to grow, according to Smithsonian magazine.
- When a couple embarks on a honeymoon, they’re honoring an old tradition. It stipulates that they drink mead, wine made from honey, for a month after they wed to assure a pregnancy.
- Vegans can be adamant in their refusal to eat honey, since it is an animal product. While bees make honey regardless of whether or not humans take it from them, beekeeping utilizes man-made hives and manipulates the bees’ behavior.
Bees can – and do – DANCE. It’s the way they tell the others how to find the flowers.
Come back to WFAEats next week for all the fun – plus recipes. We’ll mind the hive for you until then!