Well wonder no more. If you love the taste of honey, yet you wonder how it’s made, read this explanation on the process of honey-making.
Honey-making really is a process of many steps.
First off, the honey bee visits a flower and gathers some of its nectar. During this process the Bee transfers pollen from one flower to another, pollinating them.
Nectar is simmilar to sugar water. It contains sucrose mixed with water. It contains many other beneficial factors as well, but for now let’s focus on this.
these things happen during the “enzyme effect” and the “Evaporation process”. Here is a summary (and simplification ) of the “Enzyme effect”
An enzyme converts most of the sucrose into two six-carbon sugars, glucose, and fructose. Some of the glucose is attacked by another enzyme. This glucose is then turned into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. This gluconic acid makes honey an acid with A low ph. What does that mean? That means that the honey is now inhospitable to bacteria, mold, fungi, and organisms. The peroxide also gives protection from these unwanted factors while the honey is ripening. Honey bees lessen the moisture content of the honey, giving it even further protection from unwanted factos while the honey is being made.
Here’s a summary on the “evaporation Process”
During the enzyme process, the removal of water is required. However, the bees also provide something to help remove even more water from the honey. They manipulate the nectar in their mouths, and place small droplets on the upper side of cells (in the beehive). They finish by fanning their wings to increase the air movement and carry away excess moisture.
These two things combined create honey. Both of these factors also explain why Honey is such a durable food. It naturally resits mold, fungi, and other bacteria. This is also why you don’t even have to refrigerate honey for years.
Interesting isn’t it?
We have the bees to thank for this wonderfully delicious food.
Sources: (for main information on the process of Enzymes )Click here. This also provides much more information on Bees and even Bee Keeping.
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