Did you know?
- The western honey bee, indigenous to Europe, Africa and Asia, was introduced to North America in the early 1600s.
- According to the Canadian Honey Council, there are 8,000 apiculturists (beekeepers) in Canada that operate over 700,000 hives.
- Honey is an environmentally friendly sweetener, because unlike sugar cane production it does not require land, pesticides and irrigation.
- Worker bee’s life span is around 30-40 days and during their existence they produce one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.
- Honey bees communicate with one other by dancing.
- The colour and flavour of honey depends on the nectar source (the blossoms) the bee visits.
- Honey ranges in colour from white to dark brown; the darker the colour, the stronger the flavour.
- The Egyptians used honey to embalm their dead.
- Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. King Tut’s tomb (over 2,000 years) contained edible honey.
- Bacteria do not survive in honey, it is a natural antiseptic.