The Canadian Opera Company is delighted to be part of the ever-growing support of honeybees, Currently we host seven hives onthe roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Follow the honeybees' progress on Parlando, with visits and posts from beekeeper Fred Davis!
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10. Honey is the only food made by insects... for us!
9. Bees have been producing honey for 10 to 20 million years.
8. Honey has natural preservatives and bacteria can’t grow in it, so you can store it at room temperature. Actually it's best to do this anyway, as chilling it causes crystallization.
7. Because of its natural preservatives and lack of bacteria, honey has been used for millennia as a topical dressing for wounds. Honey has even been used to embalm bodies, such as that of Alexander the Great.
6. Honey is the only natural substance consumed by humans that includes all the elements necessary to sustain life, including water.
5. While collecting nectar, a honeybee visits approximately 50 to 100 flowers every day. To gather one tablespoon of honey, a bee must visit one million flowers. That's a busy bee.
4. The average worker honeybee make makes about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
3. The honeybee is not born knowing how to make honey; the younger bees are taught by the more experienced ones.
2. Humans have been gathering honey for about 10,000 years.
1. Honey tastes great! Thanks bees!
Do you have some favourite ways to eat honey or some recipes you'd like to share? Please do so in the comment section below!
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Read the nutritional guidelines for the FSC Honeybees Honey!