Bees have been around for millions of years and honey has been used for food and medicine for longer than recorded history. Pliny the Elder refers to its many uses in his book, Naturalis Historia, published circa AD 77 – 79 and an 8,000 year-old cave painting (see below) – beautiful in its simplicity – at Araña Caves in Spain depicts a honey collector.
In 2012 the world produced 1,260,229 metric tons of honey, with China and Turkey the top producers. This is a stunning number if you consider the following:
- Bees must visit 2 million flowers to make one 500g bottle of honey.
- One bee makes only one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- A hive of bees flies the equivalent of 90,000 miles (3 orbits around the earth) to collect just 1kg of honey.
Of course, not all of the honey produced passes the grade and it is generally accepted that raw, unfiltered honey offers the best health benefits and quality, of which there are many. It is not only a natural sweetener; it contains antioxidants and is free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. Plus, honey is only food that includes all substances - including enzymes, vitamin, minerals and water - necessary to sustain life.
Mountain Falls offers small batch fynbos honey sourced from the Overberg region (where they bottle their excellent natural mineral water) that is 100% natural, raw and unfiltered.
This delicious honey is in short supply so get your order in while stocks last. It is available in the following sizes:
- 330gm Glass Jar at R45 each or at R35 each for bulk/trade orders (minimum of four jars).
- 1.25kg Bucket at R110 (R88 per kilogram)
- 2.5kg Bucket at R200 (R88 per kilogram)
By the way, the reason why honey is measured in weight rather than volume is because it has a higher density than that of general liquids.
And did we mention it is delicious!
If you would like to place an order or require further information, email email@example.com.
“We lived for honey. We swallowed a spoonful in the morning to wake us up and one at night to put us to sleep. We took it with every meal to calm the mind, give us stamina, and prevent fatal disease. We swabbed ourselves in it to disinfect cuts or heal chapped lips. It went in our baths, our skin cream, our raspberry tea and biscuits. Nothing was safe from honey…honey was the ambrosia of the gods and the shampoo of the goddesses.” ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Cave painting of honey collector at Araña Caves in Spain