Honey is plant nectar that has been changed by bee enzymes into a thick sweet substance. But how does this happen?
Basically, bees spend a lot of time visiting flowers and drinking their nectar. This nectar is now in their stomach mixing with special enzymes. Once they are all filled up, they fly back to the hive and regurgitate the nectar into the honeycomb. Yes, that’s right– they throw up the whole mix in the hive.
But it isn’t honey yet. It needs time to finish the chemical reaction. So the bees seal it in the honeycomb for several months so that the enzymes can finish turning the nectar into thick, yummy honey. But now you know why our family affectionately calls honey “bee vomit.”