USE OF HONEY

As well as being used as a natural sweetener honey has been used for health and medical purposes for thousands of years. Much has been recorded and written about it.

History of honey

Honey is as old as written history, dating back to 2100 B.C. where it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the Hittite code, and the sacred writings of India and Egypt. It is presumably even older than that.

Its name comes from the English hunig, and it was the first and most widespread sweetener used by man. Legend has it that Cupid dipped his love arrows in honey before aiming at unsuspecting lovers.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, Israel was often referred to as "the land of milk and honey." Mead, an alcoholic drink made from honey was called "nectar of the gods," high praise indeed.

Honey was valued highly and often used as a form of currency, tribute, or offering. In the 11th century A.D., German peasants paid their feudal lords in honey and beeswax.

Although experts argue whether the honeybee is native to the Americas, conquering Spaniards in 1600 A.D. found native Mexicans and Central Americans had already developed beekeeping methods to produce honey.

In days of old, honey has been used not only in food and beverages, but also to make cement, in furniture polishes and varnishes, and for medicinal purposes.

And, of course, bees perform the vital service of pollinating fruits, legumes, vegetables and other types of food-producing plants in the course of their business of honey production. “

Ref: About.com

For those wishing to learn more about the historical use of honey as a food and have 40 minutes to spare this You Tube video of a presentation by Louis Grivetti, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis, is worth viewing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk0OY4-MoJw

G&S Foods Ltd. have developed and patented a new method of drying honey to enable it to be used in different products more easily and in a more concentrated form. Honey has been dried for sometime but the method involved adding high levels of maltodextrin to allow it to be mechanically dried in spray driers (similar to drying milk to produce milk powder). G&S Food’s patented method allows the production of 100% pure honey powder. However depending on the end use additives are added to give stability to the end product it is being used in, so the honey powder can be 80-100% honey content.