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Liquid sunshine

Every time I have a spoonful of honey, I can taste the warmth of the sun, the essence of the flower it came from and I get a little buzz and energy from the amazing honey bee that created it. My summertime treasure!

 

For anyone who likes tid-bits, here are some facts on honey and the honey bee:

-It is believed that honey dates as far back as 10 to 20 million years ago and the practice of beekeeping to produce honey dates back to at least 700 BC.

-In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.

-Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection.

-The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

-Honey is a miracle food; it never goes bad. It was reported that archaeologists found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs and they still tasted delicious!

-A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey.

-An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

-A honeybee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection flight from the hive.

-It would take approximately 1 ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.

- Honeybees do not die out over the winter. They feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months and patiently wait for spring. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm. (I love this one!)

 

This honey is pure, raw, unfiltered honey from a small homestead in Dennison, (Southeastern) Minnesota (U.S.).

 

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Taken on July 23, 2010