Honey has a very ancient history.
The earliest traces that bear witness to the use of honey by man, which probably they ate from the beginning, can be dated to about 10,000 years ago,
The oldest evidence of breeding of bee goes back to an Egyptian painting of the 2400 BC near Cairo. The honey in Ancient Egypt was originally a food for the rich, a royal prerogative and divine; Honey was known and appreciated in all the countries of the Mediterranean.
The honey production was for centuries considered a divine miracle, the Greek Aristotle thought that honey was falling from the sky.
In the Middle Ages the "heavenly" origin of nectar was shared , and only in the nineteenth century the organic chemistry has provided an explanation of the phenomenon.
In the ancient feeding ,honey was used as a sweetener, as a flavoring and as a preservative.
Honey was used in preparing dishes based on fish and vegetables, fruit jams and syrups. The upper classes gave the honey to the childrens , with milk.
Having a divine origin, the ancient honey, as well as the bee, were sacred. It was ranked first choice if caming from leaking honeycomb , second choice if coming from the pressing.
The distinction of the varieties of honey was very rough, often based more on observation of the color than on its specific organoleptic components.
Honey was rather expensive and its price was comparable to that of oil and wine of high quality.
The technology of production has remained the same over time until the middle of the nineteenth century, that is, until the discovery of the modern mobile honeycombs
The history of honey is laced with that of sugar that is used from the eighth century by the Arabs, who made it the main substance of sweetening replacing honey.
Honey still retains over time a multifaceted role, from a nutritional standpoint,
and it is also used in medicine, especially in the context of Galenic medicine.
Early last century growing attention to the organic origin of the honey and after a period in which the one flower honeys were considered more valuable , today there is a tendency to value even the wildflower honey, generally enhancing the territorial specificities as well as a wide variety for cosmetic and homeopathic applications