Mead is better for the planet

 

BEES

The average life of a honey bee during the working season is about six weeks

The average worker bee makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

Bees must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.

A bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

The Honey bee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly around 90,000 miles -three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.

Honey

The honey bee is the only insect that produces food humans can eat..

Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals. It’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

The natural fruit sugars in honey – fructose and glucose – are quickly digested by the body

Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.

Honey has always been highly regarded as a medicine. It is thought to help with everything from sore throats and digestive disorders to skin problems and hay fever.

Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds as well as a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.

Honey’s ability to attract and retain moisture means that it has long been used as a beauty treatment. It was part of Cleopatra’s daily beauty ritual.

Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!

MEAD

Mead, which is made from fermented honey, is the world’s oldest (and most delicious) fermented beverage.

Mead was consumed before men knew how to harness the mead-making process; mead fermented naturally on its own when a beehive combined with rainwater and natural yeast in the air.

Historically, mead is a global beverage: it was consumed by Greek gods on Mt. Olympus, Vikings, and African bushmen.

The earliest evidence of mead production dates back to 7000 BC from pottery vessels in northern China.

The term “honey moon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage.

Mead was thought to be an aphrodisiac, and if it was consumed by newlyweds, offspring would hopefully soon follow.

By purchasing mead and building the mead market, mead drinkers are helping increase biodiversity, increase soil health, sequester carbon, sequester groundwater and support beekeepers.