Is honey bee vomit?

A lot of us have heard this: Honey is bee vomit. Is this true? It is, in a way.

Why is it said that honey is bee vomit?
Worker bees allocate nectar and H20 in their “honey sacs” ( a distension of their esophagus) also called “honey stomach”. In this honey sac the nectar begins its transformation into honey and once a bee reaches the hive, it regurgitates this substances and deposits them into the honeycomb. The nectar is the food for adult bees, and when it is transformed into honey it becomes reserve food for the hive.

When bees return to the hive with a full honey sac, they spill the nectar on the honey sac of younger bees who have the task of storing it in special cells that are sealed with caution where it completes the transformation into honey, and when this process is completed bees proceed to add a little of their own poison, making honey having a very long shelf life naturally.

Is honey bee vomit?

Crystallized honey fix

A big myth in the honey world is that crystallized honey is no good.

This is far from the truth! All good honey will crystallize with a few exceptions. So, what “fixes” do we have to our crystallized honey? Up next I’ll list the solutions.

The “I want it fast” fix
Put it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds let it set 2-3 minutes, shake it then repeat until it gets liquid. If you only have a small amount of honey, 10-15 seconds of heating will suffice. Do not try to get it clear like when it was purchased you will over heat it and ruin the honey. Just get it liquid and do not worry about the crystals still floating.

The “Hot summer day” fix
Ok, not necessarily on summer but if you have a warm day put it on your car. Depending on the amount of crystallized honey you have 2-3 hours and it will be just like the day it was bought.

The old “Hot tap water” fix
You also can put in hot tap water until it liquifies. Remember above everything do not boil your honey!

What is honey?

Honey is a sweet viscid material elaborated out of the nectar of flowers in the honey sac of various bees as defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

In plain English honey is a sweet food made by honey bees using nectar derived of different types of flowers.

The elements found in this product of nature are not as diverse as one may think, honey is composed by a complex of naturally flavoured sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.

The honey-making process the bees follow is really interesting and worth knowing if you are curious about this marvellous product, and Guillermo & Julián will soon help you discover how they get the honey from the apiary to the glass jars you enjoy at home using ancient Mayan techniques.