From the 23rd to the 31st October, Britain celebrated National Honey Week. Organised by the Bee Keepers Association, it was a chance to celebrate honey and its uses, as well as reflecting on the plight of the honey bee and to thank it for its resourcefulness. There was some very interesting media coverage and information on their website too.
Down to Earth offered a 10% discount on Dorset Honey from our long standing supplier Rob Hogben. This experienced Bee Man harvests from around the area and jars straight from source, retaining the beneficial enzymes, proteins, vitamins and minerals. You will note that during the season the colour varies as a result of the flora of the season, a good sign that it is not blended. It also crystallises in very cold weather which is a good sign of its natural state. When this happens, heating the jar in warm water will restore it. We also stocked honey from Transition Farm community farm, which reported a good harvest from their orchard hives.
Honey has a long standing tradition as a food, medicine and cosmetic. As a natural sweetener it breaks down to on average 40% fructose, 35% glucose, 18% water and 3% other minerals and vitamins, especially Vitamin B. The high fructose content is less likely to lead to energy spikes . Because of its sweetness, ½ cup of honey is equivalent to one cup of sugar.
As a medicine, its properties offer unique healing properties that support health. Allergy sufferers, notably hay fever sufferers on a course of local honey or pollen grains in season, benefit from the immune building substances. During winter, sore throats and cold symptoms are soothed and well-being is supported. Externally, it is used for healing wounds as it has great anti-bacterial properties. For dry skin, it relieves and repairs.
The honey bee is a unique little creature. Without its existence as a key pollinator we would be in crisis. When introduced into America it was called the white mans fly, and lead to the popular saying ‘ White man works, makes horse work, makes ox work, now makes fly work’. Food for thought!