Honey is a sweet food made by bees using the nectar from flowers. It is the only natural food that, as long as it is kept in its pure and natural state, does not spoil.
Honey is a unique food – it is the only natural sweet available that is not manufactured by man. It is a living, organic, instant energy-building food containing all the essential minerals necessary for life; seven vitamins of the B complex group, amino acids, enzymes and other vital factors.
Honey has been used as a medicine for millenniums and is still used in prescriptions for colds, digestive troubles and many other ailments. In World War I, when supplies of conventional antiseptic ran out, the Germans used honey as a substitute. To this day, a licensed form of honey is still used in wound care in hospitals and to store human corneas for transplant operations.*
Modern science now acknowledges honey as am anti-microbial agent, which means it deters the growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and scarring.
A history of honey in Australia
In March 1810, the Anne arrived in Sydney harbour, along with Yorkshire-born Reverend Samuel Marsden, 197 convicts, Maori chief Ruatara, and several hives of Marsden’s honeybees. The bees could have been from England, but could have been acquired from a port en route. And, although they arrived safely, the bees did not survive for long.
The next recorded attempt to import bees was made in 1822 when Captain Wallace brought 12 hives with him from England on the convict ship Isabella. This time, the bees survived.
Australia remains the only continent free of the devastating Varroa Mite.
*Reference The Beekeepers Bible by Stewart Tabori & Chang.