Origins of Honey

Many years ago in the distant past, beekeeping and the production of honey were held in high importance by the ancient Egyptians, specifically a period earlier than the year 1450, before Christ.

The Pharaoh (Egyptian king) and his people placed the honey bee on the same level as their gods of the day and the honey produced was considered worthy as a sacred offering to them.

In a distant country known as Myanmar (formally known as Burma) an ancient piece of amber was extracted from a mine, containing a honey bee, preserved from decay by the protection of the amber substance. The radiometric dating has placed an estimate on the substance of over 100 million years, which proves that the bee was pollinating the flowers of the day during the time the dinosaurs walked the earth.

In the world of to-day there exists many different specie of bee, however, the most important on is known as “Apis Mellifera” or as it is commonly known, the European Honey Bee. This bee has the ability to produce large quantities of honey, with-in the realms of the modern day hive.

 

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