In order to collect 100 grams of honey, a bee needs to fly around neither more nor less than forty-six thousand kilometers, for comparison, this is the length of the equator. It is interesting that during the flight for honey, or rather the return journey, nectar serves as a kind of fuel for the bee. So, flying to flowers over long distances, a bee can bring back up to 30% of the nectar - all the rest will be spent on current needs.
An interesting fact, wasps also know how to make honey. The Indians of South America have long been collecting wasp honey and even keep honey wasps in a semi-domesticated state. In Mexico, the honey of the wasp polybia occidentalis is eaten.
The word "honey" is of Jewish origin. Literally it can be translated as "enchantment" or "endowed with magic."
Honey contains a lot of fructose, which perfectly helps to remove alcohol from the body. If on the morning after a grand party you woke up with a headache, drink more tea with honey - this is an excellent weapon in the fight against a hangover!
Heat reduces the beneficial qualities of honey, so it is not worth heating it. Temperatures above 50 degrees completely remove all these properties from honey.
The term "Honeymoon" came to us from ancient rituals, in which honey was also directly involved, the beneficial properties of which were placed on the same side with the volzhba. Then it was decided that in the first month the newlyweds had to eat honey and drink honey drinks.
Intoxicating honey, popular in ancient times among the Slavs, was obtained by fermenting from natural unsterilized honey in oak barrels buried in the ground. In addition, mead, sbiten and even kvass were made from honey.
In 1985, Peruvian customs officials seized a large shipment of honey from Ecuador at the border. As it turned out, the treat contained cocaine. Later it turned out that the drug was not mechanically mixed. To obtain deadly honey, bees were released directly on coca plantations.
Do you know that honey bees were brought to Siberia about 200 years ago. But today, Siberia is the main supplier of this delicacy to Russia.
Elven honey from Turkey costs € 5000 (or $ 6800) per kilogram - it is the most expensive honey in the world. It is mined in a cave in the Sarikair Valley near the city of Artvin at a depth of 1, 800 meters.
Honey, by the way, is an excellent, albeit expensive, preservative, which was known in ancient times. As you know, the body of Alexander the Great, who died during the campaign, was immersed in honey during transportation to the capital of Macedonia for burial in order to prevent decomposition during the long journey.
Interestingly, unlike many foods, honey never grows moldy. Despite the fact that the composition of honey contains proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other substances necessary for the life and development of any living cell, molds, which were specially infected with honey, died in it.
Extraction of honey is an old Slavic craft. It was called beekeeping, and the people who were engaged in it were beekeepers. At that time they did not know how to domesticate bees, so beekeepers had to climb into the hollows of the bees.
Honey is often counterfeited and diluted. What is not added there: sugar and starch molasses and starch sugar, flour, gypsum, clay, chalk and even glue. There is an old-fashioned way to quickly test honey for impurities. Take a match and soak it in honey, then light it. If the honey is natural, the match will burn, if not, the honey will melt on the match.