Honey Quiz Answer Key

Question 1: Which of the following are ingredients in honey?

Answer: B. flower nectar

Honey is honey, it’s just that simple. A bottle of pure honey contains the natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers or secretions of living parts of plants. Nothing else.

Question 2: When extracting honey from a bee hive, a good rule of thumb is to leave an average of how many pounds of honey in the hive for bees to consume over winter?

Answer: B. 50-75 pounds or more

When extracting honey, a good rule of thumb is to leave an average of 50-75 pounds of honey or more in the hive for the bees to consume over winter. Any honey produced in excess of stores needed for the winter can be harvested. An average colony can produce in excess of 50 pounds of honey for extracting.

Question 3: The color, flavor and aroma of honey varies based on…

Answer: A. The nectar source of flowers visited by the bee

The flavor of honey varies depending on what the bees were feeding on when they produced it. There are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States, originating from such diverse floral sources as clover, eucalyptus and orange blossoms. In general, lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.

At the Bee Care Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., honey tasting samples usually include clover, blueberry, orange blossom and Tupelo. Tupelo trees blossom for about two weeks each spring and produce a popular honey flavor that is sometimes considered as the honey gold standard. Wildflower is the term used for honey with sources unknown. So if beekeepers don’t have their bees pollinating one specific crop, such as clover or blueberries, then it is called wildflower honey.

Question 4: Honey can be extracted from a bee hive frame using…

Answer: D. All of the above

Honey can be extracted from a hive frame using any of the above methods, although it is certainly faster to use a motorized extractor which you can see at work in this video from the first-ever honey extraction at the Bayer Bee Care Center.

Question 5: How long can honey be stored for?

Answer: C.Forever! Honey is the only food that will not rot.

Properly extracted, treated and stored honey should not ferment. Honey is best stored in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64-75°F (18-24°C). For more information on the properties of honey, check out this reference guide from the National Honey Board.

Question 6: How many flowers must bees visit to make a one-pound jar of honey?

Answer: D. 2 million flowers

Bees must visit about 2 million flowers to make a one-pound jar of honey. Check out this infographic for more amazing bee facts.

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