Honey Facts

  • Honey is the only natural food that, as long as it is kept airtight, does not spoil.
  • Though honey is now mainly used as a food stuff, ancient cultures used it for healing, preserving and embalming.
  • The earliest "prescription" of honey appears on a Sumerian clay tablet found in the Euphrates valley from around 2100 B.C.
  • Honey, a natural antibiotic, was used in wound care for the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans.
  • When traditional supplies ran out during World War I, honey was used as an antiseptic.
  • Honey is still used today in wound care in hospitals and to store human corneas for transplant operations.
  • Honey wine, or Mead, has been around since ancient times. It is made from honey and water and fermented with yeast.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water.