WOW for Bees and Honey!

Awe is more than an emotion; it is a way of understanding, insight into a meaning greater than ourselves.
The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe.

-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

WOW is our favorite word at Shoresh. For us, it’s an expression of our profound sense of awe and wonder for the natural world. We love bees and honey for so many reasons but one of the main reasons is because they are provide us with endless WOW moments.

Check out our top 10 WOW facts about bees and honey:

BEES: 

  1. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food. WOW!

  1. honey bee’s wings beat 200 times per second, allowing her to travel at 25km per hour.  WOW!

  1. Honey bees maintain a temperature of 34 degrees Celsius in their central brood nest regardless of the outside temperature by huddling together for warmth or beating their wings to cool the area.  WOW!

  1. Each honey bee has 170 odorant receptors, which means they have one serious sense of smell! (They use this to communicate within the hive and to recognize different types of flowers).  WOW!

  1. A hive of bees will fly 150,000km (the equivalent of three orbits around the earth!) to collect 1 kg of honey.  WOW!

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HONEY: 

  1. Honey is the only food made by an insect that is eaten both by the insect and humans. WOW!
  1. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water.  WOW!

  1. Honey’s flavour and colour are determined by the flower that the nectar was gathered from. WOW!

  1. One ounce of honey would power a bee for a flight completely around the earth. WOW!

  1. Honey has natural preservativesThere was honey was found in the tombs in Egypt and it was still edible! WOW!

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What made you say WOW today?

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