From flower nectar to honey: This is how honey is produced naturally
Bees produce honey and keep so that they'll have food in the cold winter months when they won't be able to to go out and source for food. But alas.. bees are not the only creatures who love honey. Animals like bears, and honey Badgers love honey. Humans too love honey. Honey has been used as a sweetener by people long ago. People collected honey and processed it locally, before sugar was introduced.
Bees do a lot of work to produce honey, that's why the saying goes, "As busy as a bee." In this post, I'll describe in simple terms how honey is being produced. So.. follow me as I describe it.
The raw material for honey is flower nectar. A bee uses it long, tube shaped tongue to extract nectar (a sugary liquid) from flowers. After extracting it, the bee swallows the nectar and stores it in its extra stomach or crop. The nectar mixes with enzymes in the bees stomach. These enzymes change the chemical composition and PH of the nectar. This is why honey, which is the finish product doesn't spoil for years if it is sealed well.
When the bee returns home, it deposits the partially digested nectar into the honeycomb it made before going out. This partially digested nectar in the comb is still viscious and watery, not like the real honey. To get the water out, the entire family of bees begin to fan the liquid in the comb with their wings so that the water can evaporate.
When most of the water has evaporated from the honeycomb, the bee seals the comb with a secretion of liquid from its abdomen. This now the honey that we eat. This secreted liquid from the bee's abdomen eventually hardens into beeswax. This is to keep the honey from air and water.
The honeycombs are then harvested. The wax covering each cell in each of the honeycombs are scrapped off. The honeycombs are then put in extractors that spin them to force the honey out. The honey is then heated to remove any remaining wax. This heating doesn't change the natural composition of the honey.
The honey after it has cooled down is then bottled and kept for consumption, storage or sales.
So... That's how this beautiful gift of nature gets to us. Anytime you eat honey, always appreciate our bee friends. Thanks for going through with me on how honey is produced, hope you learnt something new? Feel free to like, share and comment on this post. Thanks again.
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