Honey provides a good source of glucose and fructose, and is produced by bees from the nectar obtained from various flowers. Bees go from flower to flower collecting nectar which is a solution of water, sucrose, glucose and fructose. Enzymes in the bees' body convert the nectar into glucose and fructose.
The resulting, more diluted honey is then deposited in honeycombs to cure. The hive is kept at a temperature of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the bees flutter their wings to keep a constant airflow moving over the honey. It is then collected for processing and consumption by a beekeeper. Honey usually consists of 75%% sugars, 20%% water and approximately 5%% of extracted flavor particular to the flower from which the nectar was obtained. A good amount of pollen can be found in honey collected by local honeybees, and eating such local honey can help reduce pollen allergies to local plants.
Honey can often be used as a substitute for Sugar and is available in liquid, granulated, comb, chunk, and whipped forms.
Honey is available in different colors and consistencies, from clear and runny to thick and slightly opaque
Selecting and Buying
Honey comes in many forms; whipped, liquid, crystalized and combs.