National Honey Month!
I eat a little bit of honey every single day. Usually, I put a tablespoon of the sweet nectar in my yogurt for breakfast. Sometimes I try to put a little on a piece of toast. The bottom line is that honey is one of the more natural sweeteners in the world, and I want to help celebrate National Honey Month! I’m curious about how honey was used in the ancient world, and if you are too, read more after the jump! Also, make sure to check out some of the delicious honey recipes that I found.
Honey has been a staple of humankind for a long, long time. One book claims that humans began hunting for honey at least 10,000 years ago. A cave painting in Spain from around that time depicted two females collecting honey and honeycomb from a bee nest. But this nectar wasn’t just being collected in Spain. Ancient Egyptians used honey to sweeten cakes and biscuits.
Some people also believe that Ancient Romans used honey at times to pay taxes instead of gold. In Greece, the custom for brides was to dip her fingers in honey and make the sign of the cross before she entered her home. This was supposed to ensure that her life would always remain sweet.
In Central America, the Mayans used honey for cooking. Other cultures actually used honey for its health uses, such as using it as an ointment for burns or to sooth sore throats. In short, humans have known for thousands of years that honey is pretty much amazing. So let’s celebrate it’s sweetness with a fun and delicious honey menu!
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