Posted this elsewhere a while back but here it is if anyone else has always wondered too.
Had this thought a couple years ago and kept it as a thing I could just wonder about. Was proud of myself for having a profound question, but I guess I just forgot they teach everyone in elementary school how the process works:
- Bee finds flower
- It sucks nectar out of the flower into a second storage stomach
- After bringing the nectar back to the hive, it passes it onto a chain of bees that chew and pass, chew and pass.
- As they chew, some enzyme stuff happens (link).
- Once it’s ready, they place a wax cap on it so it’s stored and ready to go.
- The flavor and stuff like texture of the honey depend on the type of flower the bees frequent.
- Honey doesn’t really spoil so maybe stock up if you’re a doomsday prepper. Or if you think bees will continue to mysteriously die out.