10 Buzzing Facts about Honey, Part 2

queen cell - bee removal IrvineIn our last article, we pointed out a few facts about honey. The taste of this amber elixir has inspired many people throughout history and instigated cooks to come up with some delicious recipes. Honey is a true delight to the palate. Even in case you’re not a fan, you have to pay respects to the hard-working bees. Thanks to these amazingly industrious little creatures, we can enjoy the benefits of honey. Read on to find out more interesting facts our bee removal Irvine experts have prepared.

It was highly appreciated throughout history

In ancient Egypt, honey was an expensive commodity. It was a luxury item, sold at prices only the wealthiest could afford. Egyptians offered honey to the gods to show their devotion and worship. The pharaohs used honey in their wedding celebrations. Like Egyptians and the ancient Greeks, the Romans also loved the taste of honey in their food and used it as a gift to their gods.

In ancient Ireland, honey was an important commodity and in the 11th century, it was so highly valued in Germany that feudal lords required their peasants to make them payments of honey and beeswax.

Drink of the gods: mead

Honey has also been used for the preparation of an alcoholic drink known as ‘mead’. Ancient Greeks, Chinese and Africans all drank mead as far back as 3000 BCE. Almost every country that produced honey has a history of mead production. Honey wine is still frequently consumed in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Honey wine is made by fermenting honey with water. This beverage was widely enjoyed from the early Middle Ages until the 17th century. The aforementioned Egyptian custom of using honey during the wedding was passed on to Greco-Roman culture. Newlyweds drank honey wine for a month after the wedding ceremony to ensure good luck and happiness. This is how the word honeymoon originated.

Mead holds an important place in Norse mythology as a beverage with magical powers. Also, it’s possible that ambrosia and nectar, mentioned in the ancient Greek myths as the food and drink of gods, were actually kinds of honey.

Not all bees make honey

There are around 20,000 species of bees on Earth but only a few of them make honey, and they are called honey bees. The European honey bee (Apis mellifera) or the western honey bee is the most common among seven honey bee species of the world. It is used for commercial beekeeping in the U.S.

Some honey bees are wild, other species are managed by beekeepers for honey production. Apis mellifera and Apis cerana are the species commonly reared for commercial purposes. Apis melifera in Europe and America and Apis cerana across South and Southeastern Asia up to Russia in the north.

Bees have made it for millions of years

Bees have been producing honey in the same way for at least 150 million years. Researchers have even found a fossilized honeycomb dating from approximately 3 million years ago. Man has been harvesting honey for thousands of years. An ancient cave painting discovered in Valencia, Spain, portrays a human figure collecting honey from a hive, possibly dating from 15.000 years ago.

There are different flavors and colors of honey

Honey’s color and flavor depend on the nectar source (the blossoms) visited by honey bees. There are more than 300 types of honey in the U.S., each originating from a different floral source. Ranging from almost colorless to dark brown, honey can have a delicate, spicy or even a subtle menthol flavor.

Bees in the southeastern U.S. have even been known to produce honey that’s deep purple in color, though scientists can’t agree why. Avocado honey, primarily produced in California, is a well-rounded, dark-colored honey with a rich caramelized flavor.

Another type of honey primarily produced in California is sage honey, which is light in color, with a delicate, sweet flavor and a floral aftertaste. It stands out among other types of honey because it is very slow to crystallize due to a high ratio of fructose to glucose sugars.

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