Listen Up – What’s all the Buzz about honey?

2 August, 2019

Get your sweet tooth ready honey, because honey is on the menu. If you love sweet foods but you think refined sugar is a little overrated, honey will be your next best friend. It’s so versatile that you can add it to so many different dishes; it’s almost on the same level as salt and pepper.

Where Does Honey Come From?
Essentially, it’s bee vomit. But if you word it like that, no one will eat it. Honey is by far one of the most amazing (and nutritious) prospects about nature. Nectar is a sugary juice like substance that collects in the heart of flowers. Bees collect the nectar from flowers and return to their hive, passing the nectar via regurgitation into another bee’s mouth. This process is repeated until the partially digested nectar is finally spewed into a honeycomb. This ‘honey’ that is regurgitated into a honeycomb is nothing like what you see in the shops and add to your long black in the morning. Once the nectar is in the comb, it’s quite watery and needs the bees inside the honeycomb to quickly do their thing. To get the extra water out of the honey and create thick deliciousness, bees work extremely hard at fanning the nectar with their wings, in an effort to speed up the evaporation process. The bee then seals the comb
with a secretion of liquid from its abdomen. When honey is away from air and water, it will last indefinitely. Basically, giving bees the power to rule one day with their indefinite food supply. Where do you think the phrase bees knees came from?! Have you ever noticed that honey can sometimes taste a little different or tend to be a little different in colour? That’s because colour, taste, aroma and texture can vary depending on the type of flower the bees frequent and pollinate.

Bees Are Super Important
Bees are extremely important for our economy. So many domestic and imported fruits and veggies require pollination from bees. The greatest contribution of bees is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees. Every third spoonful of food depends on pollination. If we didn’t have bees, everyone would be a whole lot hungrier.

Where Can I Find It?
You can find your sticky bee vomit at Woolworths starting at $4 for a Capilano squeeze honey. You can also ask Locomotion or Caffe Cherry Bean to add it to your early morning coffee to sweeten the taste. So next time you see a bee, don’t run and scream, swatting at the air like a lunatic. Remember how important bees are and grow some flowers in your back garden so they can go spew it into the mouths of their bee colony.