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18 Interesting Facts About Honey

Here are 18 Interesting Honey facts.

1-5 Honey Facts

1. There have been no beehive losses in Cuba. Unable to import pesticides due to the embargo, the island now exports valuable organic honey. – Source

2. There is a type of food fraud where honey is cut with cheaper sugars and syrups and then sold as pure honey. This is called ‘Honey Laundering’. – Source

3. The Himalayan Honey Bee, largest of the honey bees, makes a hallucinogenic honey that tribes collect. – Source

4. 3000-year-old honey found in an ancient Egyptian tomb hadn’t spoiled and was still edible. – Source

5. Beekeepers in France discovered blue and green honey, the result of bees foraging in the waste created in the production of M&Ms. – Source

6-10 Honey Facts

6. It takes at least eight bees all their life to make one single teaspoonful of honey. – Source

7. People can get high by eating honey made from bees that live near poppy fields. – Source

8. Honey is more effective at cough suppression than many over the counter cough syrups. – Source

9. Honey is a natural reservoir for the Botulism bacteria. Adult bodies can normally process it. This is why you shouldn’t give babies honey. – Source

10. According to one researcher, ancients such as Alexander the Great were sometimes buried in honey. After about a hundred years, candied corpses were supposedly dug up and eaten as medicine. – Source

11-15 Honey Facts

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11. Beekeeping in Ukraine is a major economic activity. 700,000 people, 1.5% of the Ukrainian population, are engaged in producing honey. – Source

12. Honey can be used to treat wounds because it reacts to release Hydrogen peroxide. – Source

13. Bees control the thickness and clarity of their honey by fanning their wings at ventilation points within the hive at varying rates to control evaporation of water. – Source

14. Some wasps make honey. – Source

15. Out of the 20,000 known species of bees, only 7 produce honey. – Source

16-18 Honey Facts

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16. It was customary in England to give bees a slice of wedding cake and to inform them of a funeral otherwise they believed the bees would stop making honey. – Source

17. The Azalea Bush is incredibly toxic, creates poisonous honey, and that to send a bouquet of Azalea (and Rhododendron, also poisonous) flowers in a black vase was a well-known death threat. – Source

18. There is a honey war going on between beekeepers in Australia over manuka trees. Some beekeepers even use Helicopters to position their hives in groves of the sought-after trees. – Source

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