No, honey does not spoil. Its low moisture content and high concentration of sugar keep bacteria and yeast away. If it's stored in too moist of an environment, it can ferment, however. Aged honey sometimes will crystallize as well; warming it usually can turn it back into a liquid.
Sweet, sweet facts:
- About 1.2 million tonnes of honey are produced worldwide each year.
- Bee pollination can be attributed to about 1/3 of the human diet, directly or indirectly.
- Honey has been found in ancient tombs — and was still edible at the time it was found!
- Top honey producers include China, Turkey and the United States.
- Bees fly about 50,000 miles to produce one pound of honey.
- Honey also can be used to treat wounds because of its properties that inhibit bacterial growth. Its medicinal use, however, fell out of popularity with the discovery of antibiotics.