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Sara Hall

Honey: One
of the world's
best natural


For centuries, man has pursued bees for their honey. Honey is one of the world's best natural sweeteners. Honey, pollen and royal jelly are all prized for their medicinal value.

Many people believe that honey helps to cure colds and coughs, ensures good health and even slows down the ageing process. As one Roman saying goes: 'Madam, treat your husband with honey, and you will possess his heart'.

The Ancient Egyptians were probably the first people to keep bees and even today many people keep bees as a hobby. It is not an expensive hobby. A bee farm need not be large, but it must be surrounded by meadows and wild flowers. Honey can be naturally flavoured. For example, if the nearby area has lots of lavender bushes then the honey can take on the aroma of the lavender.

The bees are kept in boxes called hives. The hives have removable frames inside them. Inside each frame are honeycombs on which the honey is deposited. One way of removing the honey is to remove the combs and to allow the honey to drip from the combs. The process of removing the honey can be dangerous as the bees can get very angry and attack the harvesters.

A bee sting is very painful and can sometimes be lethal. To avoid stings, the harvesters wear protective clothing and sometimes use smoke to deter the bees.
There is a strict social order within the hive. The queen bee is the biggest bee and lays the eggs. The drones are the males and their job is to fertilise the eggs. The workers feed the queen, gather the pollen and produce the honey.

There are many ways of using honey in cooking. Try using honey instead of sugar in your cooking. As a delicious alternative, use honey to sweeten fruits and yoghurt. Meat dishes can be subtly flavoured with a little honey added to the sauce, or honey can be used for basting a roast chicken or duck. Herbal drinks can be sweetened naturally with a little honey and can soothe a sore throat at the same time. By using a little honey in your cooking you may improve your health at the same time.

Recipes with Honey


A salad dressing for the weight conscious.
The dressing tastes wonderful with salads using fruits.

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Clear honey, 2 tablespoons (30ml)

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk the ingredients together with a fork and serve. The dressing makes about 4 tablespoons (60ml)

Hot Honey Drinks


Make a hot honey drink if you are not feeling well.
Put 1 tablespoon (5 ml) honey, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice and a slice of lemon in a glass. Place a metal spoon in the glass (to prevent the glass cracking when you add the hot water) then pour in a quarter of a pint (150 ml) of boiling water. Stir and serve. Some people add a little whisky or rum for taste. You can also make this drink with a small orange instead of the lemon.


Put 1 teaspoon (5 ml) each of cider vinegar and honey into a glass. Place a metal spoon in the glass and stir in a quarter of a pint (150 ml) of hot water until the honey melts.


Use a juice extractor to make juice from celery, carrots and apples. Combine the juices in a large jug, stir in the honey. Refrigerate before serving. The juice makes about 4 cups (1 litre).



Tell the students that the article is about gardening. Ask them to write a list of words connected to gardening that they would expect to find. Students should now read the article and check the words in their list.

Word fields
Now ask students to organise the vocabulary in the article into word fields – for example words related to garden tools, vegetables, types of soil, parts of a plant, etc.


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