Updated: Apr 30, 2020
Honey was first discovered by humans over 10,000 years ago. The first evidence pointing to this was the discovery of paintings in caves located in Spain. The ancient Egyptians used it as sweetener and was not to be found in the America's, Australia or New Zealand until introduced in the early 17th century by the first European settlers. Today the Honey Bee is a protected species and the honey appreciated for it's health and well-being properties. Celebrating World Honey Bee Day in August, in the U.S.A September is National Honey month then in October is the National Honey Show. Discover more about the incredible World of Honey.
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Since Winnie The Pooh, the UK has fallen in love with honey. The classic sweet stories written by A.A. Milne in 1926. Time proved it to be a sticky situation with the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin. Today we consume more than 36,000 tones of honey and more than 40% is imported into the UK.
The world would not be the same without the humble Bee. Discover the important role the Bee plays as a major pollinator.
Stories are great educators, if you have children and looking for a fun and entertaining afternoon movie - Time to bee-happy with Barry the Bee.
The Bee Movie
Winnie The Pooh & Friends
It wouldn't be the same without telling you the joy of Winnie The Pooh. After a year of professional conservation treatment, Winnie The Pooh and Friends returned to the New York Public Library in 2016. It's extraordinary that after 70 years, the teddy bought from Harrods still stands and on display. When visiting, follow the signs inside the libary for the children's area.
Winnie The Pooh & Friends ©MDHarding
The best purchased honey is locally sourced as over 40% of honey in the UK is imported, treated/pasteurized and diluted. It's also widely known that if you suffer from hay-fever you can minimise the outbreaks by consuming locally sourced honey.
If you are in Scotland, or the most northern part of England I can highly recommend;
or perhaps you would like to go one stage further and keep your own bees? Discover more on an Introductory Bee Keeping Course.
Once you have your own Bees you can then make your own honey!
Discover more about Honey and Preserves by Fortnum & Mason
The last nomadic tribe of Nepal - Guranga Tribe, still harvest honey in the traditional and ancient way. Risking their life by climbing handmade rope ladders on the steep and inaccessible slopes of the Himalayan foothills.
In Chitwan you can also see the collection of Honey containing the nectar, from jungle flowers.
Thuru Village, Chitwan ©MDHarding