Hey, honey! You probably already know at least a few things about honey, like that it’s made by bees and that it’s delicious. You may also be aware that it’s a key ingredient in Wild Tonic’s jun kombucha. But there may be a few things you might know about honey quite yet…
For example, did you know that honey was once treated like currency? Or that there are hundreds of different types of honey in the U.S. alone? Or that it may indeed have medicinal qualities?
Trust us, this type of learning is way more fun than high school history class. Sit back, open a bottle or can of Wild Tonic, and learn something new about honey:
1. September is National Honey Month
Yep, it’s official! In 1989, September was designated as National Honey Month thanks to efforts by the National Honey Board.
What better time to celebrate the hard-working bees, beekeepers, and honey manufacturers of the world? At Wild Tonic, we take an active role in the beekeeping community — check out this post to learn more!
2. Honey is a Key Ingredient in our Jun Kombucha
Most people are familiar with kombucha. Not as many are familiar with jun kombucha, which relies on honey rather than cane sugar for its fermentation process.
Honey’s responsible for the smooth, mellow flavor that Wild Tonic fans love. But that’s not all — its natural antimicrobial qualities allow for the finished product to retain prebiotics as well as probiotics — meaning you get maximum health benefits.
3. Honey Doesn’t Spoil
Did you know that honey has some serious staying power? If it’s sealed in an airtight vessel, it lasts indefinitely! That owes to its chemical makeup — its acid content and low moisture content make it naturally antimicrobial.
4. Bees Eat Honey, Too
Humans aren’t the only ones who love the mellow sweetness of honey. Bees eat it, too! Honey provides sustenance for both worker bees and drones, offering up a good source of nutrition and protein that keeps them fueled for their respective daily energy needs.
5. Small Contributions Add Up!
On an individual level, it might not seem like a single bee produces that much honey. In fact, the average honey bee produces less than a teaspoon of honey throughout its life. It actually takes about two million flowers’ worth of nectar to create a single pound of honey!
But all of that hard work adds up. The combined efforts of an entire beehive are impressive — as much as 100 pounds of honey per year.
6. It Used To Be Treated Like Currency!
As you may already be aware, beer is a big deal in Germany … and has been for ages. According to the National Honey Board, the 11th century, honey was so prized as a beer sweetener that German peasants were actually obligated to pay their feudal lords with portions of beeswax and honey!
7. Honey Has a Ton of Health Benefits
Honey is sometimes considered one of nature’s superfoods. Among its many health-boosting properties? It’s considered naturally antioxidant, meaning it can help your body fight off disease-causing free radicals. It’s also rich in amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Learn more in this post!
8. Honey Comes in All Sorts of Varieties
Did you know that there are more than 300 varieties of honey in the U.S. alone? The nectar source and geographical location can alter the color and flavor of the finished product.
It may also surprise you that there are many different nectar sources! Bees can create honey from a wide variety of plants, from alfalfa and buckwheat to avocado blossoms and orange blossoms.
In general, you can get a clue about a honey’s flavor from its color. The lighter the hue, the milder the flavor; the darker it is, the more intense.
9. Honey Helps the Environment
Honey isn’t just delicious — it’s actually connected to the environment at large. The pollination process that occurs as a result of bees gathering nectar helps pollinate billions of dollars’ worth of crops in the U.S. alone every year.
It’s not just the U.S., though. According to Science Daily, as much as one third of all food in the world relies on pollinators!
10. Bees Love the Color Blue
Did you know that blue and purple flowers tend to produce the most nectar? Considering that, it’s no big surprise that bees gravitate toward these colors! Wild Tonic’s bottles are an homage to the bee’s favorite color — learn more about the story here.
What fun honey fact surprised you? Leave a comment and let us know what you loved learning in this post!
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