The sweet story of honeybees

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From the garden

Honeybees are historic wonders of the world that have been producing honey for 150 million years. Once it is made and harvested it can last for years. In one case a 2000-year old jar of honey was found in an Egyptian tomb.

Honeys ability to retain moisture makes it a great beauty aide. It is thought to have been used by Cleopata. It also contains healthy enzymes, vitamins and minerals. However, it should not be given to babies because of the natural bacteria that is beneficial to adults but possibly harmful to babies. If it crystallizes all that needs to be done is to place the jar or container in hot water to dissolve it. Be careful not to overheat it or you will kill the natural enzymes that are healthy.

Honey is the only insect-produced food eaten by man. The buzzing sound bees make are the tiny wings beating 11,400 times per minute. They must visit up to 50 to 100 flowers in one collection trip and they can fly up to 6 miles at 15 miles per hour.

When a bee finds a good source of food it alerts the hive to the great find and they all head to the spot to feed. They communicate that fact by doing what is called the “wiggle dance.” When dancing they position the flower in line with the sun and hive. It takes harvesting nectar from two million flowers to produce one pound of honey. In that process the Honey Bee has to fly approximately 90,000 miles. But in the lifetime of a bee only 1/12th teaspoon of honey will be made.


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