Here are some tidbits of “betcha-didn’t-know” information about honey that will make for some good banter at the dinner table and take the sting out of those awkward cocktail parties:
How many flowers must honey bees tap to make one pound of honey? Two million.
How far does a hive of foraging bees fly to bring you one pound of honey? Over 55,000 miles.
How many flowers does a honey bee visit during one nectar collection trip? 50 to 100.
How much honey would it take to fuel a bee’s flight around the world? About one ounce.
How long have bees been producing honey from flowering plants? 10 to 20 million years.
What Scottish liqueur is made with honey? Drambuie.
What is the U.S. per capita consumption of honey? On average, each person consumes about 1.3 pounds per year.
Interesting, huh? How about three more little-known honey facts:
In olden days, a common practice was for newlyweds to drink mead (honey wine) for one month (one phase of the moon) to ensure the birth of a child. Thus, the term honeymoon.
One gallon of honey (3.79 liters) typically weighs 11 pounds, 13.2 ounces (5.36 kilograms.).
Honey found in the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs was still edible when discovered centuries later. That’s an impressive shelf life!