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Raw Honey in Ancient Egypt

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Honey played an extraordinary role in ancient society, and in the following article, we will explore the part of Honey in the ancient world. When speaking of Honey, perhaps the best place to start exploring the history of this magic liquid is Ancient Egypt. 

The ancient Egyptians were among the first civilizations to develop beekeeping practices. 

The earliest evidence of honey harvesting dates back to around 3000 BC. And it is thought that the Egyptians were responsible for introducing Beekeeping to other parts of the world.

The ancient Egyptians first started Beekeeping by capturing wild hives. They would then put the hives in a sunny spot near their homes or farms.  

The farmers would also use hollow logs, baskets, and pottery to house the bees. The hives were made out of clay and mud pipes stacked over each other. Special moving rafts were built to move the hives to a new location near flowers, or in other words, Egyptians were practising the so-called mobile Beekeeping. 

The ancient Egyptians also had a special way of harvesting honey. They would cut off the top of the hive and then collect the honeycombs. They would then put the combs back in the hive to continue to make Honey. In these days, Beekeeping was an important activity organised and controlled by the state.

Association with Religion

Bees were considered sacred animals by Ancient Egyptians. They believed that the “honey bee” was a gift from god Re. Therefore, they would often depict an image of honey bees in hieroglyphics and paintings. Raw Honey was also often used in religious ceremonies and offered as a sacrifice to gods. Honey was often included as part of their tombs or pyramids to ensure that they would have food in the afterlife. For instance, an excavation in 1922 discovered more than 2000 jars of preserved Honey from the tomb of King Tut. The archaeologists tasted it, and to their amazement, found it to be sweet and edible – 3000-year-old Honey still edible. Moreover, Egyptians fed sacred animals such as a sacred lion at Leontopolis with honey cakes. 

Uses of Raw Honey in Ancient Egypt

In Ancient Egypt, Honey was a valuable currency, easy to store and transport. Honey was convertible for all trades and used to measure its worth relative to other objects and commodities. In addition, raw Honey was used to pay taxes and as a kind of tribute from the various provinces to the pharaoh.

Honey was considered a prestigious food at this time in Ancient Egypt at which only the higher classes could enjoy. Honey was given to pharaohs, and people who worked with them were granted a spoon of raw Honey a day for general wellbeing and to increase longevity. Furthermore, Egyptians did not grow any sugar or corn at this time. Therefore honey was the only sweetener. 

Ancient Egyptians used raw Honey in medicine as well. In fact, Honey was mentioned five hundred times among nine hundred Egyptian remedies. Honey was a standard prescription for cuts, infections, wounds and burns. They also used Honey to treat coughs, asthma problems, throat infections, sore throats, and stomach ulcers. They believed raw Honey had many healing properties and was easily digestible when combined with other ingredients.

Ancient Egyptians used Honey so many ways, and it is amazing how versatile this natural product really was. 

Raw Honey – How to recognise it?

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When making a transition to a healthier lifestyle, you’d probably immediately think of ways to cut sugar from your diet. Honey is the perfect substitute to satisfy your sweet tooth! However, the honey you’re buying might be causing you more harm than good. With countless options in the supermarket, it’s easy to fall for processed and refined sugar claiming to be honey. So, how to recognise raw honey? Let’s hive in! 

Raw Honey: What Exactly Is It?

Before we talk about ways to test raw honey, you need to know what precisely raw honey is.

Raw honey is that thick sweet goodness that comes straight from the beehive – untouched. The way it’s supposed to be! Raw honey is unpasteurised, not heated to high temperatures and ultra-filtered. 

Raw honey contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, that can contribute to our overall wellbeing and be a part of a healthy lifestyle. 

Well, all honey is raw honey. Right?

Wrong! You’ll come across gazillions of bottles of honey in your local supermarket. In all sorts of fancy packaging. However, have you ever stopped to notice how clear and smooth the honey is? How it never crystallises? That’s not what real honey is.

Unless stated otherwise, most honey is pasteurised, processed, and it may contain sugars and sweeteners. Processing honey makes it last longer and ultimately sells better. But at what cost? The cost is removing all beneficial properties that raw honey contains. 

How To Recognise Raw Honey?

Apart from the fact that raw honey is cloudier and has a thicker consistency than pasteurised, there are a few other ways to test raw honey right at home with things you already have lying around. Let’s get testing! 

The Heat Test

Although you should not heat raw honey as it weakens its enzymes and decreases its nutritional value, we can put it to the test by heating a small portion of it. When pure raw honey is heated, it tends to caramelise quickly. While when impure honey is heated, you’ll notice it begins to bubble. 

The Flame Test 

Another fun experiment is the flame test. Most of us already know honey is flammable; why not use that property to test it? You dip a matchstick into some honey and strike it against a matchbox. If it lights up a flame, you’ve got pure nature’s goodness. If not, well, unfortunately, you’ve been lied to. 

The Water Test 

Raw honey is dense, as compared to adulterated honey, which is smooth and runny. So, understandably, when a tablespoon of raw honey is suspended in a glass of water, it will settle to the bottom of the glass. This is because of its vicious nature. Processed honey, on the other hand, will dissolve in the water. 

The Vinegar Test 

The vinegar test is another method to check for your honey’s purity. Add a tablespoon of the honey in question into a container. Follow that with a few drops of vinegar and some water. If you observe foaming at the surface of your concoction, you’re not consuming raw honey.

The Finger Test 

Unlike the tests mentioned above, all you need for this one are your fingers! It’s quick and easy. All you have to do is place a small drop of honey on your finger and move it around slowly. Raw honey doesn’t drip. It sticks to the surface it comes across. However, if it runs down your finger, you’ve got an imposter within the honey community!

The benefits of raw honey are no secret. Honey has been used for its healing benefits ever since the time of ancient Egyptians. However, to enjoy all honey has to offer, we need to ensure the honey we buy is unpasteurised and 100% natural.

Which honey is the best?

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”Which one of your honey is the best?”

We cannot define which one is the best, as this really depends on personal preferences. However, we guarantee the quality of all varieties. Feel confident in choosing any variety.
Perhaps the main choice is, do you prefer runny or crystallised honey? We have the current state of each product in the product description; this is something to look for when purchasing honey.

Where does your honey come from?’

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“Where does your honey come from?”

Our honey origin from Bulgaria.
Bulgaria has been known as one of the biggest producers of high-quality honey and beeswax for a long time. The history of Bulgarian beekeeping consists of ancient traditions, knowledge and experience.

Bulgaria is a small country but has a lot of magic, history, traditions and natural treasures.
The biodiversity in Bulgaria is extremely rich. It has almost all European habitat types, also a significant number of unique ecosystems.
Over one-third of its territory is mountainous and semi-mountainous areas, pure nature far away from industrial areas and all sources of pollution.

The lack of working enterprises in heavy industry preserves and enriches the ecological environment, which contributes enormously to honey production purity. Also, there are many protected areas with rare plants and animals.
The moderate four seasons climate, the varied vegetation and the natural ecological conditions form the perfect environment for the development of strong and healthy bee colonies and the extraction of clean and pure honey with fantastic taste and aroma.
Last but not least, Bulgaria is one of the richest countries in herbs and honey plants in Europe, as many of them are unique to the world.

Interesting facts #11 “The Story of Cheese and Honey”

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The combination of these two delicious foods began around A.D. 14-37 with a Roman gourmand named Marcus Gavius Apicius.
Throughout the ages, the name Apicius has been associated with luxury and gluttony and just happens to be the title of the oldest collection of recipes from ancient Rome.

Although the many legends surrounding the life of Apicius, history seems to agree that his extravagant menus were regarded as high art, and his parties were lavish banquets often lasting for days on end. As well known, feasting was a significant part of Roman society, and honey was a delicacy reserved for only the elite. Apicius included honey in many of his recipes, it kept the food fresh and moist, and it could also mask the taste of spoilage in the days before refrigeration.

Interesting facts #10 “Honey doesn’t spoil”

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Interesting Facts #9 “How the Bees Make Honey”

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The Bees have glands which secrete an enzyme, known as ‘bee enzyme’. The nectar the bees collect from flowers or other nectariferous is mixed with the bee enzyme. Back at the bee hive the nectar is passed from one bee to another, further mixing the nectar with bee enzyme, then is dropped in to wax cells, called honeycomb. These are hexagonal shaped cells that the bees make out of beeswax and use it as a storage for the honey.

Delicious with Honey #2

By Delicious with Real Raw Honey
Easy, but elegant this recipe is perfect to be served, as a starter or a snack at any time.
Ingredients:
4 Figs
Few slices bread
Goat Cheese
Honey
Preparation:
Cut 8 thin slices of bread and toast lightly – we used a walnut & sunflower seed bread and it contributed a lot to the amazing taste, but it will be as good with your preferable bread.
Generously spread the toast with goat’s cheese and add a few slices of a fresh figs.
Drizzle with honey and serve.
We used a lavender honey, which blended very well and gave a fresh aromatic finish.

Delicious with Honey #3 “Stuffed Baked Apples with Nuts and Honey”

By Delicious with Real Raw Honey
Juice baked apples – the perfect desert in cold or warm weather. Delicious and healthy. The apples are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber that enable healthy metabolism and food digestion. In combination with nuts and honey it gets even better!
Ingredients:
4 apples
4 teaspoons honey
80g of crushed nuts as desired
cinnamon, vanilla extract
Preparation:
Wash apples and remove the inner part with a paring knife. If desired, you can cut in half and remove the core.
Place nuts and honey in a bowl. If desired, add cinnamon and vanilla extract Mix well. Fill apples with this mixture of nuts and honey.
Arrange stuffed apples in a pan coated with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until apples soften. Serve while warm.
Enjoy!
We used Coriander Honey which has full bodied taste with notes of spicy caramel and blended fantastically well in these recipe.