9/11/2012

Where Honey Comes From

Honey has a long history of human consumption, and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments.

The study of pollens and spores in raw honey (melissopalynology) can determine floral sources of honey.  Because bees carry an electrostatic charge, and can attract other particles, the same techniques of melissopalynology can be used in area environmental studies of radioactive particles, dust or particulate pollution.



Where Honey Comes From




Rank

Country

Metric Tons

% Of World


1

China

398,000

31.17%


2

Turkey

81,115

6.35%


3

United States

79,788

6.25%


4

Ukraine

70,900

5.55%


5

Argentina

59,000

4.62%


6

Mexico

55,684

4.36%


7

Ethiopia

53,675

4.20%


8

Russia

51,535

4.04%


9

Iran

47,000

3.68%


10

India

39,500

3.09%


11

Brazil

38,017

2.98%


12

Tanzania

34,100

2.67%


13

Spain

34,000

2.66%


14

Canada

33,710

2.64%


15

Korea

28,600

2.24%


16

Kenya

24,000

1.88%


17

Germany

23,137

1.81%


18

Angola

22,900

1.79%


19

Romania

22,222

1.74%


20

Uruguay

19,100

1.50%


World

1,276,782


 


**Source: FAO. Prepared By; Rob Cook