Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination. Honeybees account for 80 percent of it all. Without this process, we would see a significant decrease in the yield of fruits and vegetables, and present-day findings point to the cause as changes in agricultural practices. We now experience abnormally low populations of bees, up to 70 percent less, causing a problem they call Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Netflix, Amazon and On Demand have excellent documentaries on this complicated issue. We encourage you to express your concern wherever you can about Colony Collapse Disorder.
The history of honey goes back 8000 years as evidenced in early cave paintings. Ancestors in all cultures have honored honey and worked hard to procure it. Over the years, it has served us by flavoring our food, being a part of certain medicines and contributing, as a symbol, in religious ceremonies.
Here are some amazng facts about tiny, very busy, honey bees when they are healthy. They fly over 50,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. Each bee produces less than a tenth of a teaspoon of honey in its entire life. These frail creatures visit/pollinate up to 100 flowers everytime they leave the hive. This means over 500 bees need to visit 2 million sources to create one pound of honey. Honey is the dividend, the PROCESS is our greatest gift, and it is endangered.
Assuming we can continue to enjoy honey’s many uses as we have in the past, here are tips on handling it. You can store honey for up to a year. If it should become unclear or crystalize during this time, simply place the jar in hot water, and the crystal particles will disappear in a few minutes. This condition does not affect the honey negatively.
Honey is tricky and messy to measure. The link below contains some tips and equivalencies when using it. https://www.dutchgoldhoney.com/honey-cooking-tips
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