Honey, The First Timer’s Guide


I love Honey.  On a recent trip to Honeyville (you may recognize the name since it is sold in major grocery stores) in southern Colorado, I was enlightened as to why I do and why I can feel good about what I thought was a guilty pleasure.

It takes50,000 bees to produce 500 pounds in one year.  So while I am gazing at the box full of the little fuzzies, they are hard at work making the purest form, honey comb.  I wondered how they got in that box in the first place, but as you can see I found the private entrance.

Some things you may not know. . .

Honey . . .

  • is a natural energy restorer.  It not only restores energy, but it helps in digestion too.
  • has more calories than sugar. Honey has 64 calories, while granulated
    sugar only has 46 calories per tablespoon.

  • will help prevent scarring when applied to a wound.

  • can make babies ill and young children can get even get botulism from it.

  • is the only food produced by insects that we humans eat.

  • is found in over  300 different varieties in North America.

  • was the most used medicine by the ancient Egyptians.  Out of  more than 900 medical remedies  known, more than 500 of them were Honey based.

  • will never spoil.  It can be stored, indefiniteley.

  • is full of natural antioxidants such as chrysin, pinobanskin, vitamin C, catalase and pinocembrin.

  • is manufactured by the Honey Bee as a food source to sustain them through the winter when there are no flowers blooming for them to collect nectar from.

  • absorbs and retains moisture readily.  So baked goods made with Honey will not dry out or become stale as quickly as products made with sugar.

  • The different flowers which were gathered determine the flavor of the honey. 

    For example:  White Color is from Clovers and Alfalfas, Very Light Amber Color is from Wildflowers, Light Amber Color is from Orange Blossoms, Plain Amber Color is from Buckwheats, Tupelos and Others.
    The colors of honey comes from the nectar of the plants.
    The lightest colors have the mildest flavors, while the darker colors have fuller flavors.

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Harold (SMM) said,

September 25, 2009 @ 1:46 am

I absolutely love honey. I let a local beekeeper set up several hives on our property. One way of getting some free honey. 🙂

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