Was There Honey In Ancient Egypt


Was There Honey In Ancient Egypt?

Was there honey in ancient egypt

photo cred – Kenneth J Stein Tomb of Pabasa depicting clay pots/jars and honey bees

 

While there is evidence that there was honey in ancient Egypt, I can’t find any evidence that the honey that was found was still good to eat.  I can’t find evidence that it wasn’t either. 

There are claims that there were jars with a “honey like substance” in King Tut’s tomb.  However, I’m not sure that any of those who found the jars dipped their little archeologist finger in the substance and bellied up like Winnie the Pooh.  Until I find that evidence, I’m content to agree that honey has a really long shelf life, but I’ll have to leave the 3 thousand-year shelf life… well, on the shelf for now. 

What I could find is that today’s commercial honey has an approximate shelf life of about 2 years.  After that length of time, the honey may change color, or crystallize, but it will not make you sick to eat it. 

Just like honey in ancient Egypt, it has many different uses, from a sweetener in foods, to medicinal uses.  Some of these medicinal uses include a decongestant, or a topical antibiotic.  It is even used today in surgical rooms in reputable hospitals (although it is classified as ‘medical honey‘ and is much more expensive than grocery store honey).

Here is a link to one our favorite recipes that uses honey, Homemade Granola Bars20160315_141131_HDR

And there you have it!  There was honey in Ancient Egypt, and other ancient civilizations as well.  Your next step is to go pick up some to pack your pantry shelves.

 

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 Sources:

http://thebeejournal.blogspot.com/2010/02/ancient-egypt-and-honey-bees.html

http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/timelines/topics/beekeeping.htm

 

 

 

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