Did you know?
It takes 1 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
The honey bee only lives 45 days and the queen lives about 3 to 5 years.
In a honey bee's life time she will only make 1/12th of a tablespoon of honey.
1/3 of all your food consumption comes from pollination.
Store honey at room temperature, your kitchen counter or pantry shelf is ideal. Honey taken from fully capped frames from the beehive will not spoil so there is no need to refrigerate it. In fact, honey was found in King Tut's tomb and eaten in the 1900's so it would appear your kitchen shelf is "safe"! Crystallization is the natural process in which liquid in honey becomes solid. If your honey crystallizes, simply place the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve. Or, place the honey in a microwave-safe container with the lid off and microwave it, stirring every 30 seconds for a 1 lb. container, until the crystals dissolve. Be careful not to boil or scorch the honey (who wants to eat burnt honey? Keep an eye on your container in the microwave!).
Research has shown that unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Honey, a rich source of carbohydrates, provides a quick source of energy.
One Word of Caution
Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for children and adults. Little ones do not have a fully developed immune system and will not derive the health benefits listed above as adults and older children receive.