Did You Know? - About Bees

  • Honeybees do not collect tree and grass pollens, which cause most seasonal allergies.
  • Mexico's Yucatan peninsula provides about ten percent of the world's supply of honey.
  • The topical use of honey may reduce odors, swelling, and scarring when used to treat wounds; it may also prevent the dressing from sticking to the healing wound.
  • The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of honey can aid in healing sore throats and laryngitis.
  • The pH of honey is relatively acidic, between 3.2 and 4.5, which naturally prevents the growth of many bacteria.
  • Topical honey has been used successfully in the treatment of diabetic ulcers. Wound Gels that contain antibacterial honey are now available to help conventional medicine in the battle against drug resistant strains of bacteria.
  • Honey is the sweetener used in the commercial beverage Sprecher's Root Beer®.
  • Bears seen at beehives are usually more interested in the bee larvae than in the honey.
  • In some parts of Greece, it was formerly the custom for a bride to dip her fingers in honey and make the sign of the cross before entering her new home.
  • In Jewish tradition, honey is a symbol for the New Year--Rosh Hashana.
  • To remain nutritious, honey should never be heated above 40°C / 104°F.
  • If honey is transparent, burning with amber-like colors, it has most likely been heated.
  • The best honey is in the uncut honeycombs.

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