Did You Know…That Honey is as old as written history?
Honey is an organic, natural sugar alternative with no additives that is easy on the stomach, adapts to all cooking processes, and has an indefinite shelf-life. In many cultures, honey has associations that go far beyond its use as a food. In language and literature, religion and folk belief, honey is frequently a symbol or talisman for sweetness of every kind. It has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs and is the only substance known to man that never spoils.
Did You Know…That Darker honey has a stronger flavor?
Honey Flavors There are as many flavors of honey as there are flowers, since the flavor of the honey is directly influenced by the type of nectar gathered by the bees from various floral sources. Flavors can range from mild to aromatic, spicy, fragrant or medicinal and are often combined to create gourmet flavors for the discriminating palate.
Honey Colors Color is usually an indication of flavor concentration. Colors can range from near-white through yellow, yellow-green, gold, amber, dark brown or red to even nearly black. Usually a lighter color will indicate a milder flavor, while darker honey is customarily more robust and contains more minerals. Texture can also vary from thin to heavy.
Honey Textures and Honey Products There are also various forms of honey, including liquid, comb, cut-comb, solid (granulated or crystallized), and chunk.
Granulated or "sugared" honey is partially or wholly solidified honey crystals.
Creamed honey adds finely crystallized honey to liquid honey and has a smooth texture.
Comb honey includes the honey and comb as stored by the bees and can be served as is or cut into chunks.
There are over 300 unique flavors of honey in the U.S. alone!
Did You Know…That honey never goes bad?
Honey is the only food we know of that never spoils. Storing honey is easy. Simply keep it in a cool location away from direct sunlight in a tightly covered container. It is not necessary to refrigerate honey. In fact, it's much easier to handle if you don't. Don’t be alarmed if stored honey becomes cloudy. This is called crystallization. It is not harmful nor is it any indication of deterioration. In fact, honey has an indefinite shelf-life thanks to its high concentration of sugar. Raw honey with high pollen content will crystallize even faster, and cold temperatures also cause crystals. Crystallized honey is one of the many forms intentionally produced for purchase by many beekeepers.
If your honey crystallizes, you can easily re-liquify it by gently heating the jar in a pan of hot water, stirring while heating.
Did You Know…About the bees?
Honeybees must tap over two million flowers to make one pound of honey,
flying a distance equal to more than three times around the world.
The average worker bee will make only one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime.
Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years
Honey Bees fly approximately 15 MPH
perform the vital service of pollinating fruits, legumes, vegetables
and other types of food-producing plants in the course of their
business of honey production.
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