WINNIE THE POOH DAY - 18th Jan. = HONEY!

18 January 2018

Winnie The Pooh was a teddy bear who was brought to life by the author A A Milne in 1926. His adventures with his friends Christopher Robin, Eyore, Tigger and Piglet are famous the world over and have been made into movies too.

The 18th of January was A A Milne's birthday.

Winnie The Pooh is famous for his love of honey.

Let's look at honey and honey bees.

HONEY

Honey never goes off, there have been samples found dating back to ancient Egyptian times but maybe you wouldn't want to spread it on your toast now.

Honey isn't just for eating, it is for healing too and can be used to help heal infected wounds and some types of burns. It is also used on some skin conditions like psoriasis. Manuka honey is best for this.

Honey is a natural sugar and gives you energy.

Honey has a healthy Glycemic Index (GI) which means it gradually absorbed into the blood stream, giving you energy for longer.

Honey contains simple carbohydrates.

Honey contains Vitamin B6, amino acids, potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, manganese and sodium.

Honey is rich in antioxidents, flavonoids and phenolic acids.

HONEY BEES

It is only the female worker honey bees who collect the nectar to make honey. They collect the nectar from flowers, carry it back to the hive where they eat, digest and then regurgitate (vomit, yuck!) the nectar. This is what becomes honey, it is the bee's way of storing food for the winter.

They store this nectar in a comb - a honey comb.

Bees can fly up to five miles from their hive in search of food.

Honey bees have 6 legs, 4 wings and 5 eyes.

Honey bees cluster together inside their hives in winter to keep warm.

There is only ever one Queen Bee in the hive.

Bees navigate by the sun.

Only female bees sting and they die after this. They only sting you if they are frightened or angry.

There can be up to 35,000 honey bees in a colony.

Male honey bees are called drones and they are evicted from the hive in the Autumn and die.

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Check out our Pinterest Board for more fun facts on honey and bees and recipes too.

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