‘About Honey’

Heating honey kills enzymes. But is boiled honey toxic?

heating honey kills enzymes

A week ago somebody asked me if boiled honey was toxic. She knows that heating honey kills the enzymes, but also that cooking honey makes it toxic! I was somehow shocked. But then, considering the fear we have come to live in, due to the high level of toxicity found in over-processed food of these days, and also due to some people’s extreme reaction of becoming vegans, totally rejecting processed food, there is no wonder we have come to ask ourselves if it is… Read More

Types of Mead

which are the known types of mead

There are so many types of mead which have been developed in time, that today, mead can satisfy all tastes. Meads can be classified according to: – sweetness: mead can be from bone dry to extremely sweet. – the alcohol level: mead can range from low to very high: 4 – 20 % (even 75% in a Lithuanian mead) – to the tannin levels: mead can range from none to very high, – to the color: mead can cover all the spectrum, –… Read More

Do you want a homemade mead recipe?

professional carboy 250

If you need a homemade mead recipe, here are 5 offering some diversity. Medicinal, traditional, plain, fast or complicated, they can help you get an idea on what you need to make some honey wine. Like with everything else in life, it can be easy or difficult. It depends on what type of mead you want and how perfectionist you are. So, to make mead at home we need the following: Ingredients. Basically it’s water, honey and yeast. You can add any kind of fruit you… Read More

How to make mead at home!

spain hidromel

After thinking a lot of how to make mead at home, everybody resorts to Internet for knowledge. At home, of course, because it’s cheaper and more “bio”. Not to mention of pleasure of DIY (of course) and the pride associated with the result. So, after a little research, we find out that making mead at home doesn’t seem so complicated. Basically, you mix honey in water, pitch yeast, and wait! Of course, there are also complicated recipes and methods. Not… Read More

What is mead wine?

what is mead wine

What is mead wine, or, to be more accurate “what is mead”? It’s wine made of honey. Or hydromel. Or.. there are at least 30 other names. Yes, honey seems to be good for everything, even getting you a little drunk. The word ‘mead’ comes from the Old English “meodu”, meaning an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, and various fruits, spices, grains or hops. (Hops act as a preservative and produce a bitter, beer-like flavor.) Starting from here, people have developed… Read More

Honey in history: Ancient Greece

bee coin from Ephesus, Ancient Greece

Greece has always been a land with beautiful and various flora. Honey bees have always been at home here. Today their excellent honey is sold all over the world, Ikaria honey puzzles everyone visiting the island. The pine honey from Thassos is also very well know everywhere. Their honey was famous all the time. In Ancient Greece, The Greek Great Mother was known as the Queen Bee, and her priestesses were called Mellisae, the Bees. The honey bee was a sacred symbol… Read More

Honey in history: Ancient India

indian vedas talk about honey and bees

Ancient India There are lots of mentions about honey and bees in the sacred Indians writings, The Vedas, around 2-3000 BC. The early Hindus considered honey as the food of gods. In Hindu marriage ceremonies, honey was used to send away the evel spirits and ensure a happy couple life. Deccan Hindus used honey and curds to make a traditional food the groom has to eat when he visits the home of his future wife for the first time. Some stories… Read More

Honey in history. Prehistory, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China.

bees and honey in history

Prehistoric times Talking about bees and honey in history must always include Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. But starting from the very beginning of times, we must say that bees are actually one of the oldest forms of animal life, since Neolithic Age, preceding humans on Earth by 10 to 20 million years. When they appeared, humans did whatever the other animals were doing at the time, meaning, stole the bees’ honey to feed themselves. Homo Sapiens and honey were together since the Stone… Read More