Did you know?

Did you know that honey never goes out of date?

Honey has a complex organic composition containing a number of naturally antibiotic substances, grouped together under the generic name “inhibine”; these are in fact highly powerful bacteriostatic agents, meaning that they slow down the proliferation of bacteria. Consequently it is the only foodstuff that can be stored forever and will never go out of date. Honey will crystallise after a number of years of storage, reheating it is sufficient to return it to its liquid aspect. It has even been said that over 2,000 year-old honey discovered in the Egyptian pyramids had not gone out of date.

A few figures

  • A beehive can easily have a population of over 50,000 bees.
  • Bees collect nectar from around 2 to 3 million flowers to produce 1 kg of honey.
  • A bee has a 60 day life-span: 20 days as a larvae, 20 days as a worker in the hive and 20 days collecting nectar.
  • The queen lives in the beehive for the whole of her life (3-4 years on average) and lays around 2,000 eggs per day.
  • It would be impossible to produce most of our fruit and vegetable without bees.

Bee Nature and bees

To make a Bee Nature shower cream, the bees will have collected the nectar of over 48,000 flowers and travelled over 240 kilometres!