WTF Fun Fact 13364 – Honey Never Spoils

Did you know that – so long as it’s stored correctly and not contaminated – honey never spoils? As long as it’s pure honey and it’s preserved appropriately, it can resist spoiling for thousands of years (if not indefinitely). Its remarkable longevity is evidenced by pots found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

The history of honey

Honey has been cherished since ancient times, with evidence of its consumption dating back thousands of years. The Egyptians, renowned for their mastery of preservation, held honey in high regard and utilized various techniques to ensure its longevity.

Honey’s low moisture content, acidic pH, and the presence of hydrogen peroxide-producing enzymes contribute to its natural preservation properties.

The world’s oldest honey

Archaeologists venturing into the depths of ancient Egyptian tombs in 1922 made a remarkable discovery. In King Tut’s tomb, they found a treasure trove of pots filled with honey over 3,000 years old.

These pots, carefully sealed and preserved within the protective embrace of the tombs, have defied the passage of time, remaining perfectly edible to this day. This is how we know that it’s possible that honey never spoils.

Is it true that honey never spoils?

Honey’s exceptional longevity can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, its low moisture content inhibits the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms, as most harmful pathogens require higher water content to thrive. Secondly, honey’s acidic pH, typically ranging from 3.2 to 4.5, creates an unfavorable environment for many bacteria. Lastly, bees add an enzyme called glucose oxidase to honey, which produces hydrogen peroxide—a natural antimicrobial agent.

While honey possesses incredible preservation properties, it is important to note that improper storage can impact its quality. Exposure to air, moisture, and heat can lead to crystallization, fermentation, and the growth of yeasts or molds. To maintain the freshness of honey, it is crucial to store it in a tightly sealed container at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and excessive heat.

When honey spoils

Just because honey can last “forever,” doesn’t mean it will. Honey’s shelf life can vary depending on its moisture content, acidity, and storage conditions. Raw, unprocessed honey tends to have a longer shelf life compared to processed honey, as it retains more of its natural enzymes and antimicrobial properties. Furthermore, honey with higher acidity levels generally exhibits better preservation qualities.

Honey’s longevity also relies on its quality and source. Pure, unadulterated honey with minimal processing has a higher likelihood of maintaining its freshness over time. Additionally, honey sourced from reliable beekeepers and reputable producers ensures its authenticity and minimizes the risk of spoilage due to contamination or improper handling.

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Source: Discover the Oldest Honey Ever Found (From King Tut’s Tomb?) — AZ Animals

WTF Fun Fact 12609 – Unexpected Tenants Cause a Buzz

Justin and Andrea Isabell never had plans to invite tenants into their 100-year-old Perkasie, Pennsylvania home. But nature finds a way.

The couple went viral in 2020 after Tropical Storm Fay rolled through and left them with a mysterious substance running down the walls of their mudroom. Justin decided that the best way to solve the mystery was to taste the substance which (lucky for him) was honey.

After the recent tropical rainstorm soaked our area, we walked in the house through the backdoor and were faced with a stream of something coming down the walls,” Andrea told TODAY. “I was afraid it was water damage, but my husband made a closer inspection to discover it was honey. We were pretty surprised and didn’t understand how that could happen.”

Only after the discovery did they see the bees swarming around their rooftop. They had never spotted nor heard that creatures before that.

I was pretty overwhelmed imagining what a mess this would be to clean up combined with the costs of repair to the house after the bees were removed,” Isabell said.

The clean-up only involved removing the honey and the comb. It turns out the bees had largely given up on their squatting rights after the rainstorm damaged the honeycomb.

“The comb was damaged from the rainstorm and they’re too smart to stay and have that happen again,” Isabell said. “We will still be having the comb removed and see if we can determine how long we had unknown guests.”

The couple’s Facebook photos went viral, and even show Justin licking the wall.

In their final update, they told those following the story:

“FINAL UPDATE: Bees naturally swarmed off due to the damage to their hive that caused the honey leak the Sunday/Monday after all of this hit the internet. They were found 2 days later as a massive swarm in a neighbor’s tree. The beekeeper, from Yerkes Farm, collected all bees and queen and re-hived them at his location. The bees survived. My house has not been opened up yet as the bees aren’t an issue any longer… when I open the wall, I will take pictures if hive is significant.” – WTF fun facts

Source: “After noticing honey dripping down their walls, couple discover bee problem” — TODAY

WTF Fun Fact – Free Local Honey With Your Car Service

WTF Fun Fact - Free Local Honey With Your Car Service

Since 2016, some Australian Subaru dealerships have been giving out free local honey after servicing cars. Bee One Third – Neighborhood Honey formed a mutualistic relationship where BOT places boxes of beehives in strategic places, like empty dealership rooftops, and provides them honey. – WTF Fun Facts

Source: Australian Subaru dealerships give out jars of delicious raw honey thanks to beehive partnership – Alt Car news (

WTF Fun Fact – Old Chewing Gum

WTF Fun Fact - Ancient Chewing Gum

Archaeologists found “chewing gum” in western Sweden believed to be 9,000 years old, made of resin sweetened with honey, and the tooth marks showed it had been chewed on by a stone-age teenager. WTF Fun Facts