10 Things Everyone Should Know About Honey
When most people think of honey, they think of traditional golden sweet honey. But wait a minute!--not all honey is golden. Nor is all honey sweet. Did you know, some honeys in the southern USA are purple? And eucalyptus honey tastes like menthol. It’s true. There’s more to honey than most people expect. Here are 10 more honey facts to think about:
- On average, one hive of bees makes about 75 pounds of honey a year.
- There are different varietals of honey. In the U.S., there are more than 300 varietals of honey.
- Honey is said to have restorative properties— Some people use it to treat allergies, dandruff, and some even claim it can help with their ulcers.
- Not only bees make honey. Some wasps make honey too.
- Honey never spoils- when kept in an airtight container, honey will last forever! Archeologists unearthed some honey in an enclosed Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb that was over 3,000 years old--and it was still edible!
- Honey contains more nutrients than refined sugars, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6, vitamin c, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
- The average American consumes 1.5 pounds of honey per year.
- Some use Honey to prevent hangovers. They claim that honey speeds up the metabolism of alcohol sugars.
- Honey is the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat.
- A single bee makes 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime. A typical little 12-ounce honey bear squeeze bottle takes the lifetime of 864 bees to make all the honey that goes inside it.