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Science Monday: Why Does Honey Last (Literally) Forever?

3,000 year old honey, from the tombs of pharaohs, is still edible. How can a food last thousands of years without spoiling?

honey dripping from a wooden utensil held between fingers
“Yeah, this is some good bee goop, right here. Can’t wait to leave this out on the counter for 2,000 years, and then eat it. Sounds like a good plan to me.” Photo by Arwin Neil Baichoo.

What’s the oldest food that you’ve ever eaten? If you look in your fridge and cupboards, what food has been in there the longest? Would you still consider it safe to eat?

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