LITERATURE: 21ST CENTURY B.C.
Honey is alluded to in the Sumerian and Babylonian
cuneiform writings, the Hittite code, the sacred
writings of India, the Vedas and in the ancient
writings of Egypt.
Palestine is often referred to as "the land of
milk and honey." (Exodus 3:8)
ANCIENT EGYPT: 40TH CENTURY B.C.
Honey was used in most households as a sweetening
agent. The people of this time valued honey highly,
thus, it was commonly used as a tribute or payment.
Honey was also used to feed sacred animals.
SUMERIA, ASSYRIA AND BABYLONIA: 21ST CENTURY B.C.
Honey was poured over thresholds and stones
bearing commemorative offerings. Honey and wine were
also poured over bolts that were to be used in sacred
An ancient custom was the offering of honey
to the gods and to spirits of the dead. Mead, an
alcohol drink made with honey, was considered the
drink of the gods.
GERMANY: 11TH CENTURY A.D.
German beer was sweetened with honey. German
peasants were required to give their feudal lords a
payment of honey and beeswax.
Conquering Spaniards found that the natives
of 16th century A D. Mexico and Central America had
already developed beekeeping. A distinct family of
honey bees were native to the Americas.
AMERICAN COLONIES: I 7TH CENTURY A.D.
European settlers introduced European honey
bees to New England in about 1638. North American
natives called these honey bees the "white man's
Honey was used to prepare food and beverages, to make
cement, to preserve fruits, to concoct furniture
paste-polish and varnish and for medicinal purposes.
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