We harvested our honey this week.
Since we only have two hives and just one of them had a honey super on, we only got about 6 quarts of honey this year. But that's 6 quarts more than I've gotten the past 2 years, as the long frigid winters have taken a huge toll on our honeybees and I've had to start over the past two springs.
So we're thrilled with 6 quarts.
The word "honey" is a Hebrew word meaning "enchant." People have been enchanted by this amazing substance since the beginning of time.
Daddy was a beekeeper, and because of that I have always been enchanted by honey. Just the smell of that hot knife on the wax brings back so many fond childhood memories of me standing beside my Daddy as he uncapped the honey. He'd hand us pieces of the comb with warm honey dripping off it...the most delightful treat ever! I still can't resist grabbing a piece of sticky wax when Kim uncaps ours.
This one hive of bees supposedly traveled to 225,000 flowers EVERY DAY! Incredible! And it took the bees traveling 55,000 miles to bring back nectar from 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
My 6 quarts equals almost 20 lbs. That's a LOT of honeybee air-time and flower-sucking!!!
A couple of other fun facts for you...
Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut’s tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the desert sands.
And...honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water. It’s also the only food that contains pinocembrin, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. (And we all know that I can use improved brain functioning!)
No wonder the ancient people named it "honey."
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