Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SEPTEMBER - NATIONAL HONEY MONTH

 September is National Honey Month     
   

Our hard-working little bees have been very buzzzy keeping us in constant supply of honey.   Who hasn't loved eating a warm biscuit drizzled in honey or a delicious cup of tea with a spoonful of natural orange blossom sweetness. 

Did you know that Americans consume about 1.5 pounds of honey per person each year. WOW ~ That's a lot of honey.

Did you know that 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than 2 million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just 1 pound of honey. 

I have much greater respect for the bee since I have learned this information.

As a kid, I remember my Dad giving me a spoonful of honey with something else (???) for my cough.  I never knew exactly the ingredients of that one, but assume it contained something I was not of legal age to drink. 

Recipes
Here are a few honey-licious ideas if you're having folks over for a Labor Day feast this weekend.   I'm sure we're all still eating corn and tomatoes.   

Grilled Corn with Honey-Lime Butter
Melt 1/4 cup butter and stir in 2 tablespoons honey (such as clover honey), 1 tablespoon lime juice, salt to taste.  Brush on ears of corn after grilling. 

Sliced Tomato Platter
Arrange sliced fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, and ripe olives on platter.  Drizzle with equal parts honey (such as honey sage), tarragon vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle with fresh chives.

There are so many ideas and facts about honey that they are just too numerous to count.  Check out their link www.honey.com for all recipes for spa treatments, health benefits, and many more facts about honey. 

This is a great time to support your local beekeeper who you might find at your local farmer's market or specialty stores.  You might contact your county agriculture agent to help you locate someone locally.  
Here is a link you might find useful to help you find a beekeeper in your area:  http://www.honeylocator.com

          A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of
          honey left inside.                                                        
         - Winnie the Pooh       

                               Thank you so much for your friendship.
                                                                 ~   Debi


10 comments:

  1. Yum. I think biscuits with honey are on the menu for breakfast.

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  2. The honey on the tomatoes with feda...now I'm liking that idea.

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  3. I'm going to have a sourdough english muffin with honey this morning to ring in this national holiday! Who knew!?

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  4. Another reason to eat and celebrate!! :-)))

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  5. The most honey I have is a teaspoon in a cup of hot milk with cinnamon and nutmeg I have this very rarely but when I do have it it’s very nice, the recipes you shared sound very nice, I liked the facts about bees I never knew that stuff before.
    Regards
    Edward

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  6. How cute with the Pooh Bear! I will have to try out your tomato dish. I will probably have hives by end of September! :0 Just kidding, I just can't get enough of any tomato dish this time of year. Soooo have you checked on your herbs growing wild this year? I just might have to pay you a visit...;)
    Hugs Rosemary...xx

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  7. Yummmmmmmmmm Honey. I have learned a lot more about honey bees this year and it is just fascinating!

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  8. One year I gave my hubby a bee keepers outfit. We had 2 hives of bees for two years. It was great fun!

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  9. I also like honey so much. Below is my favorite honey recipe, Honey Joys . Thanks for your share!

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