Ten Facts about Honey Bees and Honey

Did you know?

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

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