Fun food facts
- What’s all the buzz about honey? Even with our frigid winters, in Ontario we can enjoy honey all year round. That’s because honey, when stored properly, keeps for a long time. Be sweet to your honey! Store it right in a dry place at room temperature.
- Although bears do like honey, they prefer to eat the bee larvae. They’re nutritious, but we don’t recommend them for kids! Instead, drizzle a little honey over delicious foods like whole-grain toast, hot oatmeal or yogurt, and blend it into smoothies.
Which of these statements are true?
- the queen bee lays 1,500 eggs a day
- bees store honey in six-sided honeycomb cells made from beeswax
- a beehive in the summer can have as many as 50,000 to 80,000 bees
- a bee must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
- honey comes in different colours and flavours – the flower where the nectar was gathered from determines the flavour and colour of the honey
- all of the above
(How cool is that!)
Want to buy Ontario honey right from a beekeeper? To find one near you, check out this list from the Ontario Beekeepers Association. Visit the website’s kids’ zone too.