Amazing facts about honey you might not know

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - Honey is one of the most beloved food products throughout human history, here are some amazing facts you may not have known.

12 facts you might not know about honey:

  1. Honey keeps extremely well - A pot of honey was even found in good condition in King Tut’s tomb.
  2. Honey is the only natural edible product that consists of all the substances necessary to sustain life. - Honey is full of a variety of vitamins and essential minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, water, and it’s also the only natural edible product that contains pinocembrin that improves brain functioning.
  3. Eating honey is a natural way to get an energy boost. - Studies have shown that this works best in preventing fatigue and enhancing athletes’ performance.
  4. Honey is an antimicrobial agent - Honey can be used effectively on minor burns or scrapes. It has been shown to speed the healing of wounds. Evidence of honey being prescribed as a medical treatment dates back as far as ancient Mesopotamia.
  5. A beehive can produce anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds of honey a year. - To produce one pound of honey, a colony of bees must collect nectar from around 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles. This amounts to a lifetime’s worth of work for around 800 bees.
  6. Honey’s flavor is dependent on the source. - The color and flavor of honey change depending on the source the bees make it from. Linden honey is delicate and woodsy, buckwheat honey is strong and spicy, and eucalyptus honey has a subtle menthol flavor. Bees in the southeastern U.S. have even been known to produce honey that’s deep purple in color.
  7. Not all honey is made by bees. - While bees are most associated with honey, the Mexican honey wasp also produces honey on a large scale, But beware, that this honey can occasionally be poisonous thanks to the flowers that the wasp likes visiting.
  8. Bees have made honey for millions of years. - At some point after flowers started blooming, bees began producing honey. A fossilized honeycomb was discovered dating from around 3 million years ago. Humans have been harvesting golden stuff for thousands of years. An ancient cave painting was discovered in Valencia, Spain, depicting a human figure removing honey from a hive, and it could date from as far back as 15,000 years ago.
  9. A single honeybee will only produce 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. - One beehive of honey bees produces up to 150kg of eating honey per year.
  10. Fermented honey, known as Mead, is one of the most ancient fermented beverages. - The term “honeymoon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of marriage.
  11. Honeydew isn’t as good for the bees as flower nectar. - Although a lot of people enjoy honeydew honey for its unique aroma and flavor, honeydew can cause dysentery in some bees due to the indigestible contents in these sweet secretions.
  12. You should not give honey to infants under 12 months. - Honey contains dust particles that may carry spores of bacteria that can cause Botulism. Infants lack the resistance to many germs and could become very sick. Honey in cooking is safe, as heat destroys bacteria.

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Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton was born and raised in Shreveport, La. and attended Southwood High School. They're a professional, self-taught local artist and is now one of KSLA’s digital content producers.