Did you know Honey never spoils-provided you keep it stored in a high-quality airtight container?
Through research, it’s been proven that honey has an endless shelf life when kept in the right conditions. Some of the oldest honey was found in Egyptian tombs dating as far back as several thousand years.
Honey was so valued in medieval Europe that it was used as payment, beer-sweetening properties, medical treatments, and bacteria prevention.
Read on if you’d like to know more about honey and its benefits.
1. What is honey?
Honey is simply the bi-product of when bees transform nectar into honey. Bees actually flap their wings so rapidly that they draw excess moisture out of the initially water-filled substance. Bees produce a special enzyme in their stomachs that helps to break the nectar down into Gluconic Acid and Hydrogen peroxide, the latter ingredient which acts to further prevent any growth of bacteria and other organisms in the honey.
2. Honey benefits
It’s hard to believe but evidence of honey utilized in medical treatments dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. Honey’s properties are so inhospitable to bacteria, that it was often used as a natural bandage to protect cuts and burns from serious infection. Honey is still utilized as a natural treatment for dandruff, stomach ulcers as well as seasonal allergies. Pinocembrin, an antioxidant is also found in honey and is effective at improving the functioning of the human brain.
Honey is brain food. Who Knew?
Honey isn’t just for medicinal purposes. It is also widely utilized in natural home remedies as well as used in personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners, body scrubs, shower gel, lip balm, and lotions. Let’s not forget beeswax candles and beeswax furniture polish, and so much more.
3. The Working Bee
Our environment highly depends on the pollination that occurs when Honey Bees gather nectar. Bees pollinate almost 20 billion worth of U.S. crops each year. Did you know it’s estimated one-third of all food eaten by Americans is either directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination? Perhaps that is where we get that saying “Busy as a Bee” They are incredibly hard-working little bees keeping our food chain intact. We all benefit from the Bees’ pollination efforts.
4. MVGA Farmers’ Markets have just what you’re looking for.
Be it honey, self-care, cleaning products, or candles, it’s here at the MVGA Davenport Farmers’ Market and Bettendorf Farmers’ Market.
Come join us at the MVGA Farmers’ Markets and see what the Buzzzzzz is all about!