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Bee-lieve it or not: The average Canadian consumes a little over one pound (454 grams) of honey per year. Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. To reach all of these flowers, bees often fly a distance equivalent to a trip around the world, just to get enough nectar to produce a single pound of honey.

Honey is a natural, unrefined sweet fluid produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers. It is 25 per cent sweeter than sugar because of its high fructose content.  As a refined -sugar substitute, honey can sweeten food with fewer calories than sugar. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for older children and adults, but should not be fed to infants less than one year of age.

There's more to honey than just sweetness!

As with the better vintage wines, there is an incredible array of flavours of honey depending on the flowers visited and the region of origin. The sweet honeydew (from trees) or nectar (from flowers) that is gathered by the bees, stored and matured in the hive and processed carefully by the beekeeper gives each honey its specific flavours, strength or mildness, colour and consistency.

Honey is well known as nature's sweetener, but it has also been prized for thousands of years for its valuable therapeutic and medicinal uses.

  • Physicians in ancient Rome used honey to help their patients fall asleep.
  • Hypocrites, the Greek physician, praised honey's healing powers and formulated many honey based cures for ailments like skin disorders, ulcers and sores.
  • The ancient Egyptians used honey to treat cataracts, open wounds, cuts and burns.
  • In World War I, German doctors used honey mixed with cod liver oil to surgically dress soldiers' wounds sustained in battle.
  • For many years, opera singers have used honey to boost their energy and soothe their throats prior to a performance.

Of recent interest is the antioxidant content of honey. Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals. But honey's health benefits don't stop there! It also has antibacterial properties. When diluted honey is applied directly to a moist wound, it produces hydrogen peroxide, an anti-bacterial agent. 

Canada has many varieties of honey, the most common of which comes from the nectar of clover. Other delicious varieties are produced from the nectar of canola, alfalfa, blueberries, sunflowers, fruit trees and wildflowers.

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Proud Recipient of the Dufferin-Caledon 2010 Agricultural Business Excellence Award

Leitch's Honey, Randy Leitch, Orangevill,e Ontario, Canad,a local honey, raw honey, comb honey, beeswax, pollen


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