It’s The Bees Knees
A hive of bees flies over 55,000 miles to bring you one pound of honey. A honey bee can fly 15 miles per hour.
Honey bees must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey. Each worker honey bee makes 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
Honey bees visit 50-100 flowers during one honey collecting trip.
Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for at least 10 million years! And maybe even as long as 20 million years!
Flowers and other blossoming plants have nectarines that produce sugary nectar. Worker bees suck up the nectar and water and store it in a special honey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and puts the nectar in an empty honeycomb. Natural chemicals from the bee's head glands and the evaporation of the water from the nectar change the nectar into honey.
In one day a honey bee can fly 12 miles and pollinate up to 10,000 flowers.
Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
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The same chemicals that give tart cherries their color may relieve pain better than aspirin and ibuprofen in humans.
Eating about 20 tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.
There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree (the number varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions). It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree could produce enough cherries for 28 pies!
Today, in Michigan, there are almost 4 million cherry trees which annually produce 150 to 200 pounds of tart cherries.
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