Honey: Uses

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

  • About
Extravagant claims are made to this day for the healthful properties of honey. Before dismissing such beliefs as superstition it should be appreciated that honey is a highly complex substance, and contains compounds about which there is still much to be found out.

Fermented drinks have traditionally been made from honey, such as the old English mead. Mead was also an important drink in medieval Russia. The word derives from the Sanskrit word for honey, madhu. A similar drink popular in Ethiopia is called t’ej.