LSBeez Kangaroo Island Honey

Chemistry and History of Ligurian Bees

Chemistry

It is a sweet, sticky yellowish-brown fluid made by bees from collecting nectar from flowers. Honey is a wonderful, natural sweetener that we take for granted these days.

Honey is composed of:

  • Sugar makes up about 95% of honey's dry weight.
  • Carbohydrates: 82% Fructose & Glucose.
  • Proteins and Amino Acids: Proline.
  • Vitamin B, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic acid, Pantothenic acid, and Vitamin B6.
  • Acetic, Butanoic, Formic, Citric, Aromatic acids.

Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components

  • Water: (H2O) Hydrating
  • Sucrose: (C12 H22 O11) =
    half fructose (C6H12O6) Sustained Energy, &
    half glucose (C6H12O6) Instant Energy

History

Humans have eaten honey, bathed in it, used it to heals wounds and traded with it since history began.

The first evidence of humans harvesting honey is seen painted on a rock wall in Valencia, Spain, dated 8000 years ago. Archaeologists discovered honeycomb in Egypt buried with the Pharaohs in their tombs.

An act of parliament in 1885 declared Kangaroo Island a sanctuary for the Ligurian bee. »»

The latin name for Ligurian bees is Apis mellifera ligustica. It is a subspecies of the western honey bee Apis mellifera.

Kangaroo Island

The island is an ideal and isolated sanctuary for perpetuating a secure breed of robust, hygienic Ligurian bees, all of which are descendants of the original Ligurian queens.

Since the arrival of the Ligurian bee onto Kangaroo Island, the population is believed to represent the purest stock of this Italian race found anywhere in the world.