Interesting Facts


  1. Whilst everyone knows that Honeybees produce honey, not many know that the pollination of plants they perform is worth three times as much to the UK economy as the honey they produce!
  2. Bees and other pollinators are vital for the pollination of all sorts of fruits and vegetables producing about one third of all the food we eat!
  3. Mankind’s survival is entirely dependent upon the pollination of those foods. It highlights why it is so vital for us to look after all our pollinators.
  4. Plants produce sweet smelling nectar to attract the bees then, as the bees drink the nectar, the pollen grains are caught on the bee’s hairy body. As the bee moves from one blossom to the next the pollen grains rub onto the next flowers stigma creating seeds to develop into our fruits and vegetables.
  5. Honeybees take two things back to the hive – pollen on their back legs which provides the protein to feed the baby bees, and nectar which is later processed into honey by the bees.
  6. The nectar the bees take back to the hive is 80 per cent water and 20 per cent sugar. Bees fan the honey all day and all night to drive out the water until it is only 17-18 per cent water. Honeybees don’t sleep at night!
  7. Honey is the ONLY food which doesn’t rot – a jar of honey was found in one of the Pharaoh’s tomb which was still perfectly edible! The bees seal the honey with wax when the desired water content is reached and then it will keep forever.
  8. A honeybee colony produces about 700-800 lbs of honey each year, most of which is consumed by the bees. A beekeeper collects an average of about 40 lbs – depending on a good season.
  9. A pound jar of honey contains about one million tiny pollen grains.
  10. Honey is such a highly valued treat that honey adulteration is a major worldwide problem. Recent research has shown that honey adulteration is now the third worst in the world – after milk and olive oil. Honey is adulterated by adding other sweeteners such as rice syrup to increase the volume of ‘honey’. Cheap imported honey is blended and heated which can destroy many of the nutrient elements and damages the flavour.

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