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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 a 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 food fresh and moist; and could also mask the taste of spoilage, in the days before refrigeration.

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.

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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.

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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.