Honey has been considered both food and medicine in many cultures around the world for millennia. It is a good source of antioxidants and micronutrients. It has antibiotic and antifungal properties and can act as an effective cough suppressant. Furthermore, it has been clinically proven to promote wound healing and is believed to boost one's memory and lower the risk of heart disease. But, do you know what honey actually is? If you said, “It’s a substance that bees make.” You would be right, of course.
A way to have a direct impact on the lives of bees: honey bees, native bees and bumble bees as well as other pollinators like moths and butterflies is to make our yards more pollinator friendly. Honey bees continue to die off at alarming rates with beekeepers across the United States losing 40% of their colonies from April 2018 to April 2019. Since bees pollinate one third of the food crops we eat, this trend has grave implications for the security of our future food supply.
Looking for an all-natural sweetener to elevate your baking to the next level? Look no further than honey, a pure ingredient that comes directly from Nature. Why is honey so magical? It can improve the taste and appearance of food and also help it perform better in terms of its structure and longevity.
Honey is forever—it never spoils. In this very disposable world, it’s refreshing to find something so enduring. What a wonderful, timeless symbol for a romantic month. If you would like to give your sweetie a homemade gift, try one of these delicious recipes enhanced with honey: candied grapefruit peels, chocolate covered strawberries or raspberry truffles. These treats are perfect for gift giving as they require no baking, are fun and easy to make, and will impress your loved ones.
Honey is a globally acclaimed and treasured resource that enriches many holiday celebrations by its incorporation into special recipes and use in cultural traditions. When considering what to give your loved ones, friends, neighbors or coworkers for Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa—give the gift of honey. Honey has long been the symbol of sweetness, good health and prosperity and these are wonderful wishes to pass on to others for 2020.
While many elements of our traditional Thanksgiving meal differ from those that were on the menu for the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, the bounty of the New England harvest is a universal theme. The desire to share hospitality and good fortune with others and give thanks for abundance is also transcendent throughout the centuries.
Honey bees don’t slow down at this time of year like their often maligned cousins, the wasps. You might have noticed that wasps seem more abundant and annoying at fall festivals, outdoor cook-outs or weekend picnics. In fact, they are because they’ve switched from needing protein to feed their young (e.g., other insects) to craving carbohydrates (sweet beverages are a favorite) before they die later in the season—one last hurrah!
Did you know that honey is considered a "superfood?" Superfoods are typically raw or unprocessed foods rich in compounds that are good for one’s health. Other superfoods include blueberries, salmon, kale, broccoli, and acai fruit. Honey, along with other flavonoid-rich foods like berries, teas, red grapes, red wine, citrus fruit, onions, parsley, legumes, and dark chocolate can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease by boosting cellular antioxidant defenses. Flavonoids may also contribute to the maintenance of brain function.
As you prepare for your summer vacation, a leisurely afternoon at the beach or pool or a long hike or bike ride in the countryside, be sure to pack a small container of honey. Honey is a helpful, natural remedy that has many benefits. Here are some of our favorite uses for honey during the summer.