Posted by: wineatlunch | May 5, 2010

Taste the sweet stuff in life- honey!

Honey is a sweet food made by certain insects using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Honey produced by other bees and insects has distinctly different properties.

Honey bees form nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and store it as a food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Beekeeping practices encourage overproduction of honey so that the excess can be taken without endangering the bee colony.

Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose and has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. It has attractive chemicalAll Star!properties for baking, and adistinctive flavor which leads some people to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. Most micro-organisms do not grow in honey because of it has little to no water.

Honey has a long history as a comestible and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring.It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. The study of pollens and spores in raw honey can determine floral sources of honey.

Join GiraMondo as we explore honey from around the world and learn how it is made, tastes, and differs depending on the plant from which the pollen is gathered. Our Taste Buds University Honey Class and Tasting is this Friday!

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