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It was the first sweetener known to man - found in Egyptian pyramid burials dating from over 3,000BC - and certainly gathered in Britain by its earliest inhabitants. By the late Bronze age man had become a beekeeper, the wax having become of equal, if not of more importance - as a aid to casting metal.

Honey when analysed is basically sugar and water, and certainly once processed, can"t have any elixir of life properties - but in unpasteurised form, great claims are made of its healing and other beneficial properties. (See Below).

The area the bees worked in, and the flowers they've gathered, does make an enormous difference to the flavour of the end product; often the more rare the flower the more expensive the honey. Unless otherwise stated it will be a blend. Honey is rich in vitamins B, C and calcium. See 'Honey Styles'

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