What Is Honey?
It’s my go-to when I’m craving something sweet, that’s for sure! A few days ago my husband and I were discussing it and neither of us knew exactly where it comes from and how it’s made.. other than it comes from the Bees 🤷🏼♀️
Of course, I had to research. To sum it up - Bees extract nectar from flowers with their long tongue and store it in their extra stomach, known as a “crop”. In the crop, it sloshes around with enzymes which change its chemical composition and pH. Here’s where it gets interesting - the Honeybee returns to its hive to regurgitate the liquid into his friend mouth! This process is repeated until the partially digested nectar is deposited into a honeycomb. After it’s in the comb, it’s still viscous, so in an effort to remove the extra water from the honey, the Bees get busy and start fanning the honeycomb with their wings to expedite evaporation. Once the water is evaporated, the Bee seals it and it eventually hardens into Beeswax. The Bees then use this as food during the Winter.
Did you know that high quality honey is antioxidant rich, can promote wound and burn healing, can suppress coughs and local honey can even help relieve allergies! - 10 hours ago