Honey might simply be the golden syrup you trickle into your morning cup of tea, or the sweet topping you slather onto your toast—but it actually has a rather long and storied past! In fact, according to WebMD, one of the oldest sweeteners on earth also has a long medicinal history, and was even used by ancient Egyptians as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds.1
The jury is still out on modern day medical uses for honey—some say buckwheat honey can outperform the cough suppressant dextromethorphan in calming nighttime coughs in children, and a therapeutic honey from New Zealand called Medihoney has been shown to kill bacteria in wounds2, for example—but whatever its actual or folkloric superpowers, honey is deliciously natural.
Produced by bees from the nectar of flowers, honey is the thick, sweet syrup leftover over after water from the nectar has evaporated inside the honeycombs. Just like humans, bees eat honey. In fact, in one year a colony of bees eats between 120 and 200 pounds of honey.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about pure honey is that it doesn’t have an expiration date—it can keep indefinitely. In fact, according to Smithsonian.com, archeologists have found pots of honey buried in tombs thousands of years ago that are still preserved and perfectly edible. Apparently honey’s low moisture content and high acidity are largely the cause of its amazing longevity.
But really, the nicest thing about honey is the taste! We’ve found some delicious and unique recipes using the sweet amber treat that you can make for all the honey lovers in your home. The next time you’re looking for a way to infuse your meals with the natural sweetness of honey, give one of these recipes a try:
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