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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.

Toast with Honey, Goat Cheese and Figs

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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.

Stuffed Baked Apples with Nuts and Honey

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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

How to make baked apples with nuts and honey?

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.

Honey in Ancient Times

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In Ancient Egypt Honey was a currency for all trades, used for measuring its worth relative to other objects and commodities. It was used to pay taxes and, as a kind of tribute from the various provinces to the pharaoh.

Does Honey Help with Sleep?

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Honey is a common remedy for insomnia. Taken before bed raw honey may assists in a good night sleep. In fact University of Cambridge Counseling Service suggests eating bread with honey or drinking warm tea with honey before bedtime to alleviate anxiety.

Lavender Honey is excellent choice against stress and to relax the nervous system. Acts as a natural relaxant, it has a soothing effect on migraines and palpitations. Luteolin, another antioxidant found in Lavender honey, which helps to boost the immune system and promotes healthy blood glucose levels. Taken before bed Lavender honey also assist in a good night sleep.

Oldest Honey

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In ancient times honey was considered a prestige food, symbol of wealth, health and happiness and even an elixir of immortality.
Modern archaeologist excavating Egyptians tombs have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs artifacts: pots of honey, thousand of years old and yet still preserved.
One of the cases dates back to 1922 when during archaeological excavation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb was found ceramic jar of honey. The archaeologists tasted it, and to their amazement found it to be sweet and edible – 3000 year old honey still edible.

Roasted Pumpkin with Honey and Walnuts

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While commonly viewed as a vegetable, scientifically pumpkin is a fruit as it contains seeds.
Pumpkin is believed to has originated in the ancient civilisations of North and Central America before spreading in Europe in early 16th century. Throughout the history pumpkin has been used in a large variety of culinary, medicinal and decorative uses.

If you are looking for a healthy and delicious recipes the pumpkin needs to be on the top of the list, as unless delicious pumpkin is high in vitamins A, C, E, iron and folate which can contribute to a healthy diet and strong immunity, in a combination with honey and walnuts it gets even better.

Roasted Pumpkin with Honey and Walnuts

Ingredients:
•2 1/2 pound pumpkin, sliced
•1/2 cup dark brown sugar
•1/2-1 cup walnuts roughly chopped
•2 tablespoons honey (we used Raw Coriander Honey)
•1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
•1/4 teaspoon cloves
•1 teaspoon cinnamon
•1/2 teaspoon allspice
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 180°C / Gas mark 4
1. Remove the skin and seeds, rinse under warm water and pat dry.
2. Combine all of the spices and the brown sugar in a bowl and mix well.
3. Dip each side of the pumpkin slice in the mixture .
4. Place in a baking tray and drizzle with honey.
5. Bake for around 40-55 minutes, until the pumpkin is soft and caramelized.
6. Remove pumpkin from oven and drizzle with honey and top with walnuts, if you like you can toast the walnuts in a pan before serving.
For this recipe we used Raw Coriander Honey, which has full bodied taste with notes of spicy caramel.
Enjoy!

Raw Honey is a Complete Meal

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According to USA National Institutes of Health – Honey is a complete meal. It contains major components of a meal and micronutrients that will enhance digestion and absorption of this major dietary components, as well as this required for metabolism and body functions.

Honey includes main compounds, such as proteins, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids. Raw honey also consists of flavonoids, fructose and glucose as the last two are the most important sugars of honey and may be contributed to the most of the nutritional and physical effects of honey.

Many experts may agree or disagree is honey complete food or not. However Raw honey is certainly one of the many great foods the nature has given us to life stronger and better.  

What is Royal Jelly?

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You can guess some of the qualities of this Bee product by only hearing its name – Royal Jelly.

Royal Jelly is produced by the youngest Bees in the hive (6-14 day old) mixing bee pollen with enzymes in the glands of their throats. It is the food of the most important Bee in the hive – The Queen Bee. She is the mother of all Bees in the hive, and the one that keeps the colony together. Royal Jelly is also extremely important for the development of the Bee brood. The cells in which the Mother Bee lays eggs must be supplied with Royal Jelly, it is important as milk for mammals.

Colour and Taste of Royal Jelly

Pure Royal Jelly is a thick yellowish substance, with a creamy white tinge and tastes slightly sour.

Composition of Royal Jelly 

Royal Jelly contains 60-70% water, 30-40 dry-matter, 10-18% protein, 9-15% sugars, 1.5-7%fat, 0.7-1.15% minerals.

Royal Jelly contains 22 amino acids (all essential), lipids from 1.5% to 7% (phenols, glycerides, phospholipids, organic acids, etc.) The vitamins in Royal Jelly are in great abundance: Vitamins A,C,B (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Bc, PP) K, H, E. Studies have also found the presence of the following macro and micro elements: Manganese(Mn), iron(Fe), sulphur(S), potassium, nickel (Ni) calcium(Ca), chromium, magnesium(Mn), copper(Cu), zinc(Zn) and others.

Interesting facts:

  • The Queen Bee, which feeds only on royal jelly lives from 6 to 10 years, while ordinary worker bees live up to 45 days.
  • The Royal Jelly – feeding mother (Queen Bee) lays up to 2,000 eggs a day, which exceeds her own weight. And all her life she lays over 3 million eggs, which is about 2,000 times her own weight.
  • In their first three days, the newly hatched larvae feed on royal jelly, but only those that continue to be fed with it and placed in larger cells develop as queen bees, the rest become worker bees.
  • To date, no natural product has been found that contains as many vitamins as royal jelly.

Royal Jelly Health Benefits:

Royal Jelly has many potential health benefits, as increasing immune protection, tones and strengthen the body, slows down the ageing process, normalise the blood pressure, improves metabolism and hormonal balance, acts against fatigue and insomnia, lowers the cholesterol.

How to Store Royal Jelly?

Natural Royal Jelly needs to be refrigerated at no more than 6 C° (42.8°F) or should be stored in a minus temperature camera.

How do we use it?

We should drop it under the tongue in the morning, 20-30 minutes before breakfast.

The most common way of using royal jelly is to mix it with bee honey. Honey with Royal Jelly combines the unique qualities of both and in the same time is easier to take. This way also is very easy for storing and transport, as the bee honey is a natural preservative and keeps safe all the ingredients even kept at room temperature.