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Honey history

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Honey, has been for thousands of years, the only food concentrated sugar. The name apparently derives from the word Hittite, Indo-European language of the Anatolian group, "Melit."

The use of honey as food dates back to well before the bee, when man procured honey hunting wild bees. The first rudimentary man-made beehives date from about 7-8000 years ago.

Honey is the food that honeybees produce from the nectar of the flowers that transform, store and leave in honeycombs to ripen. Honey is considered a food reserve: only bees (and a few other insects they like) make honey. They need to stockpile food and solve the problem by transforming the summer fresh food in a food a long shelf life. Honey as a food is a source of simple sugars and this is a high-energy food and sweetener. Does not need any transformation to be consumed.

storia del miele -  manoscrittoSince prehistoric times, man has made use of honey and, therefore, used the hard work of bees. Even then, in fact, he evaded the precious natural product with hollow trees where the insects had established their locations. The earliest forms of beekeeping, to another nomad, developed in Egypt at the time of the pharaohs around 3000 BC about. The hives were placed on barges, which made them get along the Nile, were then anchored at the edge of the fields or the woods so they could follow the various seasonal flowers.

Honey and beekeeping were so important in Egyptian culture that the bodies of the dead, when buried, were treated with beeswax and dipped in honey to allow a better and longer preservation. Later Greek philosophers and scholars also faced the study of beekeeping and honey: Xenophon, for example, was the first to conclude that there was a queen bee hive driving while Aristotle, stated that during the same flying bees visit only one species of flowers.

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