Honey

IMG_0050The other day my husband told me that my Honey turned into a large clump and I may want to get some new Honey from the store. I had to chuckle because I thought everybody knew HONEY NEVER GOES BAD. If you do get that clump inside your Honey jar, all you have to do is heat it up, stir and it’s ready to eat. I put my Honey in the microwave for about 30 seconds at a time stirring until it dissolves. You can also heat the Honey container in hot water. DO NOT heat the Honey in a plastic container, it should be done in a glass container. If your honey is in a plastic container, take the Honey out of the container and put it into a glass bowl.

According to MentalFloss.com, the reason Honey doesn’t spoil is because of its low moisture content and high acidic values that it has. Bacteria can’t live in that kind of environment.

MentalFloss.com stated that the way Honey is made by the bees is the nectar is transformed into Honey by the bees flapping their wings to dry out the moisture. Then they use a special enzyme in their stomachs that break down the nectar and keep the Honey free of bacteria.

The typical hive produces 30-100 pounds of Honey per year. For every one pound of Honey it takes a colony of bees collecting from about 2 million flowers. They travel over 55,000 miles! This one pound of Honey is the lifetime work of about 800 bees. One bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of Honey in its lifetime.

The bees eat their Honey to survive throughout the winter. That’s why bee keepers will never take all of the Honey from the hive. People use Honey for dandruff, stomach ulcers and allergies.

There are different flavors and colors to Honey depending on the source of the nectar. Not all bees can make Honey. There are about 20,000 species of bees and only seven known Honey bee species.

So now when you see the Honey bees pollinating your flowers or garden, you can appreciate what hard workers they really are. They aren’t there to sting you or annoy you, they are just doing their job.

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