Some interesting information I’ve learned about our precious bees!
Did you know that honey has no expiry date?
Did you know that the male honey bee is called a drone and dies after mating? Poor thing!
Did you know that a typical honey bee may typically fly between 1 – 6 km on a foraging trip, but also up to 13.5 km?
Did you know that one of the world's first coins had a bee symbol?
Did you know that honey contains live enzymes? This is one of the reasons they recommend using a wooded spoon or plastic spoon with your honey. If you must use a metal one, don’t leave it in the jar.
Did you know that honey contains a substance that helps the brain work better?
Did you know that honey is one of the few foods on earth that alone can sustain human life?
That a spoonful of honey is enough to keep a man alive for 24 hours?
Did you know that propolis produced by bees is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics?
Did you know that the bodies of the world's greatest emperors were buried in gold coffins, then covered in honey to prevent putrefaction?
Did you know that the term "Honeymoon" (honeymoon) comes from the fact that the bride and groom consumed honey for fertility after their marriage?
Did you know that a bee lives less than 40 days, visits at least 1000 flowers and produces less than a teaspoon of honey, but for her it is the work of a lifetime.
Supporting local businesses not only contributes to the local economy but also fosters a sense of community and sustainability. Purchasing local honey is a great way to enjoy a natural product while supporting beekeepers and their important role in the environment.
Local honey has the added benefit of potentially helping with allergies, as it may contain trace amounts of local pollen that can help your body build tolerance. However, if you have a severe bee allergy, it's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider before trying this method.
Quinte West has a thriving community of beekeepers, it is so important that we support them. By doing so, you play a role in preserving local traditions, promoting environmental conservation, and helping the community thrive. Enjoy your local honey, and kudos to you for being part of such a positive and sustainable initiative!
A great resource for local honey is https://www.ontariohoney.ca/