Fruit Of The Hive
Understandably, honey is the best known “fruit of the hive”, and it is munched on toast, added to hot and cold drinks and used in many delicious recipes the world over. Honey doesn’t go off and the sticky treat found in pots in the Pharaohs’ tombs in Egypt, dated about 3,000 years ago, was actually still edible… possibly a bit too special to pop on a crumpet, though! Mead or honey wine has been consumed for an incredible length of time, with evidence of it being enjoyed as a tipple in China since 7,000 BC, and in parts of Europe since 2,900-1,800 BC. Honey was also used successfully as a wound dressing in times past, and it is working its way back into such use again.