Monday, November 7, 2011

Now, Honey

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind. - Friedrich Nietzsche

the bees

We discuss the benefits and health of bees fairly frequently, and now that grandparents are adding yet another hive, we should be well-supplied with our favorite rich, dark amber, raw honey. Which is why my nose crinkled in disgust when I read this article, Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey. (And if we hope to either help with or have our own hives someday, we should take a class.)

Tigger, your loss, man. I mean cat.

A word about honey's expiration date: it lasts a very long time. Apparently centuries, as long as it is not contaminated with water or other particles. I tried researching more about honey found in tombs, and nothing I found was very reliable or current, (some were disturbing), but it's fairly clear that people have had a long history bee keeping and collecting honey.

As for that phrase the bee's knees, have a look at its possible origins.

Perhaps you've wondered if honey badgers do indeed eat honey? According to this, what they are mostly eating is bee brood, or larva, and are less interested in the honey.

And since we're on the topic of honey vs. adulterated honey, let's just agree now that we'll never have this on our pancakes. As with honey, maple syrup faces similar legal and consumer issues.

Hmm, a cup of tea with honey sounds good, right about now. I'm just glad ours is the sort that contains actual bee's knees, aren't you?

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