Like alcohol, honey would have been discovered occasionally and probably prized, being even worth the bee stings incurred to enjoy it. So, yes, it would have been eaten, but no, it would not have been a significant or regular part of the Paleolithic diet. It was probably consumed by the handful, with scraps of beeswax and dead bees a few times a year. Honey may be a natural, organic food and you can justify eating it on those grounds, but donít kid yourself that it was a natural, Paleolithic staple!
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