Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to, as it is the type of honey collected by most beekeepers and consumed by people.
Honey is a sweet liquid produced by honey bees using nectar from flowers through a process of regurgitation and evaporation.
Honey is a supersaturated sugar solution with approximately 17.1 percent water. Fructose is the predominant sugar at 38.5 percent, followed by glucose at 31 percent. Disac- charides, trisac -charides and oligosaccharides are present in much smaller quantities. Besides carbohydrates, honey contains small amounts of protein, enzymes, vitamins and minerals
Honey extraction is the central process in beekeeping of removing honey from honeycomb so that it is isolated in a pure liquid form.
Normally, the honey is stored by the bees on a very regular honeycomb they build on a frame. The frames are typically harvested late summer, when they will be most filled with honey. On a completely filled frame, the cells will be capped by the bees for storage – that is, each cell containing honey will be sealed with a cap made of wax.
Types of honey include :-
Alfalfa honey, produced extensively throughout Canada and the United States from the purple blossoms, is light in color with a pleasingly mild flavor and aroma.
Avocado honey is gathered from California avocado blossoms. Avocado honey is dark in color, with a rich, buttery taste.
Clover honey has a pleasing, mild taste. Clovers contribute more to honey production in the United States than any other group of plants. Red clover, Alsike clover and the white and yellow sweet clovers are most important for honey production. Depending on the location and type of source clover, clover honey varies in color from water white to light amber to amber.
Eucalyptus honey comes from one of the larger plant genera, containing over 500 distinct species and many hybrids. As may be expected with a diverse group of plants, eucalyptus honey varies greatly in color and flavor but tends to be a stronger flavored honey with a slight medicinal scent. It is produced in California.
Manuka honey, primarily produced in New Zealand, is used as a natural product both internally and topically on the skin. The bees gather nectar from the flowers of the Manuka bush, which is indigenous only to New Zealand. The honey making process is enriched by the pollution free environment of New Zealand.
Sage honey, primarily produced in California, is light in color, heavy bodied and has a mild but delightful flavor. It is extremely slow to granulate, making it a favorite among honey packers for blending with other honeys to slow down granulation.
Tupelo honey is a premium honey produced in northwest Florida. It is heavy bodied and is usually light golden amber with a greenish cast and has a mild, distinctive taste. Because of the high fructose content in Tupelo honey, it granulates very slowly.
Wildflower honey is often used to describe honey from miscellaneous and undefined flower sources.
Health benefits of honey include :-
1) Energy booster :-
Honey is known to be the natural energy booster . Scientists have prove eating honey everyday gives you energy to fight in our day to day life. It gives us the energy to live the world. It fights with the stress!
2) Prevents cancer :-
Honey contains flavonoids and anti oxidants which help us to fight with the germs of cancer. When you eat honey everyday, you become less prone to diseases like cancer.
3) Reduces Ulcers :-
Ulcers are very painful and they give a burning touch too. Ulcers happen due to extra amount of heat in our body ,thus honey acts as a cooling agent for the body and reduces ulcers .
4) Increases immune system :-
Eating honey everyday does increases immune system . Honey gives you the energy to fight with the germs outside. It increases the energy built! and thus protects from other diseases .
5) Increases athletic performance :-
As, you know honey increases immunity system and gives you the energy to fight with the germs . An athlete needs to have more amount of energy than other normal person.Thus honey is very useful for an athlete !
6) Reduces cough :-
Honey has those powerful agents which treat your cough and cold . If you eat honey everyday you are less prone to cough and throat disorders .
7) For cuts and burns :-
From years honey remedy is been used to remove infections . All type of infections can be removed . Honey can be used internally as well as externally to heal those cuts and burns .
8) For hangovers :-
Yes! If you get an hangover from an Alchol . Eating a spoon of honey will make you get in your senses as soon as possible. This is because of level of sugars present in honey .
Honey is good for everything . A spoon of honey and warm water in the morning will help you to reduce weight. Honey helps each part of body to enhance more. The combination of honey and yogurt helps to increase digestion .Honey is even used for glowing healthy skin and for healthy voluminous hair.
The more benefits of honey for wounds include :-
A)Honey possesses antimicrobial properties.
B) It helps in promoting autolytic debridement.
C)It deodorizes malodorous wounds.
D) It speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues.
E) It helps in initiating the healing process in dormant wounds.