Bee & Honey Facts
Honey has been used an ancient Egyptian embalming fluid, as a cure for burns, as sweetener for tea, and much more. It has potent antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Its antiseptic properties inhibit the growth of certain bacterial and helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection. Its antibacterial properties prevent infection and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing scarring, swelling and pain. But mostly it tastes good!! Forget agave and other sweeteners – honey has been used for thousands of years, references to it can be found in all holy books from any denomination, and since bees virtually pluck it from the sky, it is just about perfect. Ours is unheated, untreated, raw (yes, even the liquid honey is raw- check out a chunk of comb honey to see that honey is liquid and runny when the bees make it). Honey is wonderful, our honey is fabulous, and we hope you enjoy it. Here is a list of honeybee facts from our friend Noah Wilson-Rich:
1. Only female bees sting, and many solitary bees can’t sting.
2. A bee’s sting (or stinger) is a modified egg-laying organ.
3. A bee has five eyes: two are complex eyes that see movement well, while the other three detect light intensity.
4. Bees can see ultraviolet light, but they cannot see the red end of the spectrum, so they perceive the world as more blue and purple than we do.
5. Drones do not have a father, but they do have a grandfather.
6. Bees are herbivores, and their diet comes entirely from flowers—carbohydrates from nectar and protein from pollen.
7. Honey bees are not native to the Americas, and bumble bees are not native to Australia.
8. A queen bee has exactly the same genes as a worker: she develops into a queen simply because she is fed extra rations of royal jelly when she is a larva.
9. The honey bee genome has been sequenced; it is about one-tenth the size of the human one.
10. Bees pollinate over 130 fruit and vegetable crops, and produce many other things that benefit humans—honey, wax, resins, propolis, royal jelly, and even venom.