Getting it right for over 6000 years.

Natural honey contains about 200 substances. (How’s that for an ingredient list!)

These include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes, but primarily sugar and water. Honey has been harnessed by many cultures for many purposes since at least 4000 BC, at which point the ancient Egyptians were mass producing honey as a food source, healing agent and embalming ingredient.

Centuries later, in Saxon England, honey was accepted as part of rent payments (Bitcoin precursor?) by some landlords. In Australia, the arrival of colonial settlers from Great Britain soon led to the introduction of the European Honey Bee in 1822. Early settlers were aware of the ability of honeybees to pollinate crops; hence the bees contributed a considerable amount to food production - and still do today!

Recognition of the health properties of honey also appear to have transcended cultures and generations. Natural honey has played an important role in traditional medicine. The Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans used honey as a topical treatment for wounds and to treat intestinal diseases. In recent decades, there has been increased scientific support for the use of honey in modern medicine and nutrition; with laboratory and clinical investigations by several research groups finding that honey has an inhibitory effect on around 60 species of bacteria, some species of fungi and viruses.

Honey is also one of mankind’s oldest and most delicious natural sweeteners. Unlike sugar, which essentially tastes the same regardless of where it is grown, the colour and flavour of honey differs vastly.

This is due to disparities between the specific nectars of the flowers from which the honey is extracted, and the areas in which these flowers grow. For example, Leatherwood honey has a fairly strong floral flavour and is a deep golden colour. Conversely, Ironbark honey has a relatively mild flavour and is lighter in colour. “But, how do the bees know which type of flowers to nibble?” you may be asking yourself. Well - it so happens that if a honeybee is messing around in a mixed patch of flowers, a scout bee leaves behind a special perfume telling the workers to take the nectar from only one source. Clever little wingy-stingies!

Rest assured that you are contributing to history when you indulge in Granudie! We love honey and use it as a natural sweetener in some of our blends.

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Nola May x

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