September is all about honey, at least since it was declared National Honey Month back in 1989. The main goal of Honey Month is to promote the use of honey as a natural sweetener and the beekeeping industry.  Honey is an amazing, all-natural sweetener with multiple health benefits. It comes from the bees in the trees, as we all well know. In fact, if we were to go into a little more detail than that, honey comes from honey bees that forage nectar from flowers and then return to their hives to make their own delicious nectar.  But there is more to bees than honey. Bees are actually crucial for agriculture in general, not only for making sweet honey and wax. As they go from plant to plant in their search for nectar, bees also pollinate many of the staple foods we eat every day, from vegetables and fruits to nuts and seeds. Their activity is, therefore, essential to agriculture.  


Honey is filled with essential vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes that keep your body strong and provide energy. The level of antioxidants in honey is similar to that of spinach, oranges, apples, and strawberries. Honey also has antibacterial properties thanks to its pinocembrin content and has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. It can be used to treat cuts and burns, as well as infections. It can also aid in the treatment of stomach ulcers and improve brain function.   


  • Honey contains 80% naturally occurring sugar and 20% water.
  • You can eat only honey if you want, as it contains all the ingredients you need to stay alive, including water.
  • Honey comes in many different shades and colours and the darker it is, the higher its antioxidant levels are.
  • It takes up to 4 million flowers and 770 bees travelling for more than 88,000 km to make one kg of honey. 
  • One honey bee can only produce 1/12 teaspoons of honey throughout its lifetime. To do this, the bee must collect nectar from about 50 to 100 flowers on each trip out of the hive.
  • Although there are 20,000 recorded species of bees in the world, only a small fraction can make honey.
  • Honey is the only food that is made by insects and consumed by both the insects that make it and us humans.
  • Honey is not recommended for people with diabetes or for babies because of the risk of infant botulism. 
Are you done reading about honey and ready to indulge in some sweet and delicious honey-packed goodies? Here are our favourite honey recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth! 🍯    
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