Some History and Health Benefits of Honey

The Epoch Times   By Sally Fallon Morell   2/13/14

Honey has been a valued food in many parts of the world, both in primitive societies and sophisticated civilizations. Hunter-gatherers are adept at removing honey from beehives located in hollow tree trunks, using smoke to drive away the bees.

In some primitive groups, honey supplies a large portion of total calories at certain times of the year. The Aborigines of Australia prized honey and distinguished between two types—light and dark. A Neolithic rock paintingin Spain shows a man collecting wild honey.

Egyptian writings dating from about 5500 B.C. refer to honey. At that time,Lower Egypt was called Bee Land while Upper Egypt was called Reed Land. Apiculture was well established in the 5th dynasty (about 2500 B.C.) and is shown in several reliefs in the temple of the Sun at Abusir.

Tablets from the reign of Seti I (1314 to 1292) give a value of an ass or an ox to 110 pots of honey. Thutmoses III is recorded as receiving tributes of honey from Syria in 1450 B.C.

The Indians used honey in religious rites. The Indian Laws of Manu, dating from 1000 B.C., called for a tax of one-sixth of the beekeeper’s production.

Thousands of Miles for a Teaspoon

Honey is sugary nectar of flowers gathered by bees. It is carried in “honey sacs” where enzymes begin the process breaking down the sugars. The bee then deposits her cargo into hexagonal wax cells to provide nourishment for young bees. Continued evaporation in the warm atmosphere of the hive gradually transforms the nectar into honey. Bees must travel thousands of miles to produce just one teaspoon of honey...

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