Honey is a sweet, sticky yellowish fluid made from the nectar of flowers which then gets collected by bees. It is great for putting on a piece of bread or in your tea when you have a sore throat. But have you ever wondered how honey is made?
Bees start collecting nectar from the blossom, which is the sugary juice part of the flower, from which they eat by using their tongues and storing it in their tummy, which some people call the ‘honey stomach’. The ‘honey stomach’ is different to their ‘food stomach’ though. So when the bee gets a little hungry it doesn’t go into the honey stomach.
When the bee is fully loaded, it flies back to the hive it works at. From there they pass it on to the next worker bee by using their mouths, then the other worker bee chews it for a while and so it goes along to the next bee and the next until it is honey. The bee then stores it in honeycomb cells, which can be described as tiny jars of wax.
After all that, the honey would still be wet, so the bee would fan it out with their wings until it is sticky and just right. From there they seal it with a wax lid, so it can stay clean.
Did you know it takes about 8 bees to make a tablespoon of honey? So imagine how much bees it would take to make a whole jar full just for our satisfaction. So remember the next time you have honey, use it sensibly.