It takes 2 million flower blossoms to make 1 pound of honey.
2/ How much honey does a honeybee make?
A worker honeybee makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
3/ Do all honeybees make honey?
No, just the worker honeybees, and they are all girls!
4/ How many honeybees live in a hive?
A group of honeybees that live together is called a “colony”, and the hive is their home. A colony can have a few thousand honeybees in the winter and up to 20-30,000 honeybees in the summer. A hive can be a tree, a beekeeper’s box, or anywhere the bees are safe, warm, and dry. It is amazing where they can call “home”!
5/ How long does a honeybee live?
A worker bee lives about 6 weeks in the summertime. During that time, each honeybee takes on each job required in caring for the hive and the honey.
6/ What kind of work is needed to keep the hive and colony healthy?
The Queen Bee lays eggs – up to 500 a day; each one shaped like a grain of rice- but much smaller! She has honeybees that take care of her, even feeding her There are bees who take care of the developing bees, called “brood”, in the honeycomb “brood chambers”, which is like a giant nursery for babies. Nurse bees feed the older developing bees to make them strong and healthy. The unborn bees are called “larvae” at this stage, and they are fed “bee bread” made of pollen and honey. Young honeybees are house bees, keeping the hive clean. In fact, a young honeybee cleans it own “room” , the honeycomb cell where they were born, as their first job! Honeybees serve as “guards” for their hive entrance- providing security for the honeybee colony. The older bees serve as scouts- responsible for finding flowers to provide food for the colony. Lastly, field bees have the responsibilty of bringing nectar and pollen to the hive. The nectar becomes honey, and the some of the pollen becomes “bee bread”. The honey is stored in honeycomb and is the food used by the colony. The surplus honey is harvested to feed people!
1/ Is PURE HONEY 100% natural?
Yes, it contains no man-made additives or additives of any kind.
2/ What are the ingredients in PURE HONEY?
Honey is 100 percent pure honey, as made by the honeybees from the flower nectar they gather, transform and store in honeycombs. No ingredients are added by man.
3/ What is the nutriational value of PURE HONEY
4/ Why shouldn’t I feed honey to a child under 1 year old?
WARNING: Do not feed honey to infants under 1 year of age
Infant botulism is a rare but very serious disease affecting the nervous system of infants. Honey and other raw agricultural products may contain bacterial spores from Clostridium botulinum that could cause infant botulism. These bacterial spores are widely distributed in nature. They can be found in soil, dust, the air or raw agricultural products. Clostridium botulinum spores have been detected in corn syrup, honey, fresh and processed meats, fruits and vegetables. Scientists don’t know why, but this disease has never been reported in an infant older than 11 months of age. The rate of disease is about 0.02 per 100,000 or 70 to 100 cases annually in the United States since first recognized in 1976. Most infants that develop infant botulism have not been exposed to honey. Infants born prematurely and under 1 year of age are at highest risk because their underdeveloped digestive systems may not produce enough acid to destroy bacterial spores.
5/ Does honey contain fat or cholesterol?
No! Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates.
6/ What is the caloric value of honey?
One tablespoon of honey contains 60 calories.
7/ What factors influence the flavor of honey?
Since honey is a natural product, its flavor is influenced by the type of flowers from which bees gather nectar, the geographical region and the weather.
8/ Does honey contain trans fatty acids?
No. Honey is naturally free of trans fatty acids.
9/ Does honey contain healthful antioxidants?
Several antioxidants, including pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin, galagin, ascorbic acid, catalase and selenium, have been found in honey. Darker honeys with higher water content have a stonger antioxidant potential.
10/ Is honey pasteurized?
No. Honey is by nature very low in bacteria and other microbes and does not benefit from a pasteurization process.
11/ Does honey ever go “bad” or spoil?
With proper storage, honey will keep until you use it up! Honey has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs- still good!
Honey will keep indefinitely if stored in a sealed container. It is best stored at room temperature. Refrigeration promotes granulation. Avoid temperatures above room temperature since they promote the darkening of the honey, along with subtle flavor changes.
12/ What is the shelf life of honey?
Honey does not spoil. However, the flavor is best when consumed before the ‘Best by’ date on the cap.
13/ Does honey change as it ages?
Honey darkens with age and becomes a bit stronger in flavor. It will not spoil.
14/ Does honey explode when opening the bottle?
Only if it has fermented, which is typically caused by too much water content.
15/ What is honey granulation (crystallization or sugaring)?
Granulation is a natural characteristic of pure honey, which does not harm it or indicate any deterioration of the honey. It is also easily reversed, without harming the honey. Bring a pan of water to a boil, turn off the heat and place the container into this boiling water. Stir the honey until all the crystals have been dissolved. Never go higher than 62 degrees C, or you will lose all the nutrition.