Honey is one of the most amazing natural products. There are approx. 6,000,000,000 honey bees in Denmark, humming around flowers and sucking nectar which is transformed into the delicious honey we all know.
A beehive has room for approx. 60,000 bees in the middle of summer, but only one queen bee. This family of bees produce about 40 kg of honey per year. The bees have to visit up to 400,000 flowers to make just one jar of honey. The bee family further needs approx. 8 kg honey for fuel, in order to make 1 kg honey for the beekeeper. The bees fly about 25 km/h.
When flowers want to be pollinated, they attract the bees by setting free nectar. The nectar is collected by the bees, along with pollen from the flowers. The nectar is later transformed into delicious honey. Since the nectar is collected from several kinds of plants, the taste, smell, texture and colour of honey differs and that is the reason that you can buy different types of honey.
If a bee has found a good flower, it flies back to the beehive and dances and gets the attention of the other bees, in order to tell the other bees where to find the good flowers and how much energy they will need to get to the flowers. Dance enables the bees to decode the direction to fly in relation to the sun. Further, the bees can smell the flowers, making it possible for them to fly out and collect nectar from the same flower.
Bees produce several kinds of honey that are impossible to imitate by the industry, and that is why honey is 100% natural. This also means that the taste and colour of honey differs from one season to another.
Honey comes in fluent or solid forms. The content of different types of sugar determines, whether it is suitable as fluent or solid honey.
Mankind has harvested honey at least since old Egypt. It was used to make mead in the Stone Age and in mediaeval times, monks were in charge of producing honey in monasteries. And it is exactly the same product that we consume today.