No food can match honey in terms of longevity. Here’s proof: in 2003, archaeologists found a 3,000 year-old honey while inspecting the contents of the tomb of a deceased Egyptian pharaoh. It was still edible.
We call honey liquid gold because it is very valuable. It is nutritious, does not spoil easily, and has many medicinal and culinary uses. We all know the story of how we end up having this sweet liquid: flowers produce a sugar-rich liquid called nectar to attract pollinators including bees. In exchange for feasting on nectar, bees – by hopping on one flower to the next – help pollinate plants. Once back in their hives, bees regurgitate the nectar and deposit it inside honeycombs. Beekeepers harvest this storage to give us honey.
- One pound of honey is produced only after gathering nectar from two million flowers.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces food we can eat.
- Instead of gold, Ancient Romans used honey to pay taxes.
- According to Celtic beliefs, bees possess a secret, otherworldly wisdom.
- Honey has antiseptic properties which is why it is used as a dressing for wounds. In the movie Equalizer, we saw Robert McCall (played by Denzel Washington) apply honey on his wound after he was shot in the leg.