The Making of Honey
Honey, in use for thousands of years, is much more than a sweetener. This organic, golden elixir is a mineral-filled antioxidant, brimming with vitamins and enzymes.
Because honey has already been digested by the bees, it is absorbed easily into the human body, providing a quick energy boost.
A healthy food choice, honey has long been known to contain beneficial medicinal properties as well.
Hippocrates, known as the father of scientific medicine, prescribed honey for the treatment of colds, coughs, rheumatism, wounds, bites of all kinds and for many other ailments.
Honey is contained in several modern-day cough remedies and is said to aid in digestion. Raw honey, which contains an antibacterial agent similar to penicillin, can also be useful in the treatment of open cuts and sores.
A word of caution, despite its amazing healthful properties, raw honey is not suitable for children under the age of one year.
Making honey is hard work. During the busy summer months, an average hive will contain 30,000 bees – all with specially assigned tasks. Some bees guard the hive, some keep it scrupulously clean and others mate with the queen to ensure the future of the colony.
From dawn to dusk, forager bees buzz their way from hive to flowers and back again, carrying their precious load of nectar. They may visit hundreds of sources for the nectar and it is estimated that one teaspoon of honey requires thousands of such field trips.
Back at the hive, special receiving bees take the nectar into their honey stomachs and move up through the hive to deposit their precious load into the wax cells prepared by other bees. Before making her deposit, the bee adds special fluids filled with enzymes to purify and preserve the honey.
For the past 30 years, we at Heavenly Honey have been as busy as our bees to ensure our product lives up to its name.
Our gourmet collection includes pure honey and honey that has been enhanced by the addition of fine liqueurs, maple or cinnamon.
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