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(NSFW) how is honey made?

Asked by talljasperman (18520 points ) September 30th, 2011

If honey is bee secretions mixed with pollen… and pollen is from the reproductive part of the plant…So then technically are we eating bee spit with plant sperm?

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28lorelei's avatar

Honeybees make water from nectar, which they get from flowers (e.g. clovers, dandelions, berry bushes, fruit trees). They suck up the nectar from the flowers with their tubelike tongues and store it in their honey stomachs (they have two stomachs, one is used for transporting honey, the other is just a regular stomach). The honey stomach hold around 70mg of nectar and weighs as much as the bee does when full. To fill the stomach, bees must visit btw. 100–1500 flowers.
After visiting the flowers, the bees return to the hive, and other bees suck the nectar from the honey stomach, after which they “chew” the nectar and break down sugars in the nectar into simple sugars, making it easier for bees to digest. That takes about half an hour. Then the honey is spread out through the honeycombs so water evaporates from it, and the process is sped up by the bees fanning their wings. When the honey is gooey enough, the cell is sealed off with a plug of wax. Then the honey is stored until it is eaten.

YoBob's avatar

Yep, and it tastes wonderful!

Not sure I understand why this would be marked as NSFW. Many of our food products come from organs associated with the reproductive cycles of other animals. Milk, butter, and cheese for example, comes from the breasts of cows and/or goats. Eggs are the ovum of birds. Heck, even the testicles of young bulls are considered a delicacy by some.

IMHO, people need to get back in touch with the sources of their sustenance and how they fit into that whole circle of life thing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

NSFW? Since when are bees NSVW?! :)

talljasperman's avatar

@Dutchess_III Since I mentioned plant sperm… and humor as a topic.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Plants don’t have ‘sperm’!

GabrielsLamb's avatar

It’s Bee spit

@Dutchess_III ROFLMAO!

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@YoBob As a kid, I used to eat pig uteri. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but now it’s like “yeech!!”

Now I know why honey has a strange taste! I always wondered where that came from.

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