ABC Honey News - March 2017
Interesting Facts About Honey
- Crystallised honey is also called ‘granulated honey’ or ‘candied honey’. It can be returned to a liquid state by warming.
- Minimally processed honey is Raw honey. It can contain pollen, propolis, royal jelly and small particles of wax.
- Creamed honey, also called whipped honey, spun honey, churned honey, candied honey, honey fondant, and set honey, is processed to control crystallisation. Creamed honey contains a large number of small crystals, which prevent the formation of larger crystals that can occur in unprocessed honey. The processing also produces a honey with a smooth, spreadable consistency.
- Comb honey is honey still in the honeybees’ wax comb. It is collected by using standard wooden frames in honey supers. The frames are collected and the comb is cut out in chunks before packaging. This job is labour intensive. Such traditionally harvested comb honey is called ‘cut-comb honey’.
Edible honey in the Pyramids
While we do not know when man discovered honey, we know for sure that it was found in the Egyptian Tombs in the Pyramids and it was still edible!!
It is safe to assume that the knowledge of honey being good for you was instinctive. Many animals go great distances to find the bee for its honey. While we know very little about the diet of early man, we do have evidence of honey forming a valuable part of the diet plan. Honey has always been thought to have therapeutic properties.
Eastern magic potion
In many eastern cultures honey is still used as a versatile home remedy. A little honey with some crushed basil leaves is considered to be a potent measure to get rid of colds and fevers. Honey is also used as a cosmetic in almost all cultures.