The sweetness of honey has graced tables far and wide. Glistening upon a biscuit fresh out of the oven or dribbled slowly in a cup of hot tea, honey has always been a staple of many.
What is Honey Exactly?
Honey is a thick syrup-textured liquid that is produced by bees. It takes on a distinct flavor that is dependent upon the source of the nectar that the bee visited.
Honey bees are an insect. They fly to flowers or plants that contain pollen and nectar. Nectar is the sweet liquid that is produced by flowers. Upon landing on the flower, the bee sucks the nectar into his stomach where it will be stored until it returns to the hive.
The bee that gathered the nectar will drop it off in the hive, and the worker bees take over. The worker bees “ripen” the nectar into honey. To do this, they take a drop of the nectar and once in their stomach enzymes crystallize the nectar into a runny consistency of honey.
The worker bees deposit this runny honey into honeycomb cells and then using wax glands under their abdomen, they seal the runny honey into the honeycomb. After this is done they use their wings to thicken the honey which they just sealed into the honeycomb. By doing this, the water that was in the honey (which made it runny) evaporates leaving behind the thick honey that we know.
Bees have been making honey as long as they have been in existence. They do this, so they have food supply (honey) during the winter when flowers are not in bloom. Bees require the nectar in the flowers to survive.
Is all honey the same?
Honey from different areas, regions, states, and countries are unique in taste, texture, and color. For example; honey produced by bees in Germany will not have the same flavor or appearance as honey produced in Texas.
What colors does honey come in?
- Dark Amber