History of honey
In Bulgaria the development of beekeeping dates back to the times when the Old Bulgarian tribes inhabited the lands around the Azov Sea and the rivers Kama and Volga. Beeswax and honey were one of the basic products for trade exchange of the Old Bulgarians with the Byzantine Empire, Italy and Dubrovnik.
After the Liberation from Ottoman rule, beekeeping in the country began to modernize. Primitive, woven of twigs beehives called "travni", were gradually replaced by modern ones, called "Debriefing".
The oldest known evidence to humanity of bees comes from 50-60 thousand years before the advent of man. In the cave Pauka near Valencia has been discovered a cave drawing from 12,000 years ago, depicting honey collecting by bees, nesting in rock crevices /similar nesting of bees can still be seen today in this area of Spain/.
In Ancient Egypt, honey was used to sweeten cakes and many other dishes. The peoples of Egypt and the Middle East have used it for embalming the dead.
In Hinduism honey is one of the five elixirs of immortality. In temples honey is poured over the heads of the deities in a ritual called Madhu. Vedas and other ancient literary sources mention the use of honey as a healing and healthy product.
In Jewish tradition, honey is a symbol of the coming New Year Rosh Hashanah. On the festive table on this holiday slices of apple are dipped in honey and eaten, to bring a sweet new year.
The Bible contains many references to honey. In the Book of Judges, Samson finds a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of a lion (14:08). The book of Exodus describes the Promised Land as "a land where milk and honey flow"(33: 3). In the New Testament, Matthew 3:04, it is said that John the Baptist lived a long time in the wilderness on a diet consisting of locusts and wild honey.
In Islam, there is a whole sura of the Qur'an, narechena "al-Nahl" (honey bee). According to the hadith, the Prophet Mohammed recommended honey for medicinal purposes. The Qur'an encourages consumption of honey as nutritious and healthy food.