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A Brief History of Honey

Honey occupies a very important place in human history, owing to its flawless appearance, nutritional content and unmatched taste supplied straight from nature.

 

Honey has been a part of human life and economy as early as the Neolithic Age. A cave painting in Valencia, Spain dating back to 6,000 BCE that depicts bees making honey and a prehistoric man gathering that honey speaks to how old the history of honey is. It is evident that the people from that period climbed trees and used the honey from beehives as sustenance, perhaps at great personal peril.

 

It is possible that honey was one of the first sources of nutrition. Just the fact that honey has been used for so long as a staple attests to how valuable and rich this natural product is. Different religions have held this centuries-old source of virtue in high regard as a staple valued for its non-perishability, and considered it holy.


There are hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad that mention honey as a remedy for a thousand ailments, and state that one cannot get up from a meal without eating honey. In the Torah honey appears a total of 54 times, including King Solomon’s phrase,  “Eat honey, because it is good.” Honey was also among the food given to Jesus when he was resurrected after being crucified on the cross.