Welcome October with a little honeyed sweetness on your waffle stack, morning toast, muffins or pastries. With cooler temperatures, golden light and colorful leaves throughout much of the country; autumn inspires a seasonal palate that is enriched by fall harvests. Taking a cue from a pumpkin-obsessed nation, we added our twist on the pumpkin spice craze to create Whipped Honey Pumpkin Butter that is bursting with fall flavor.
Autumn gardening can be delightful as the temperatures are not as hot as mid summer and there are fewer insects around to deal with as you work. It is also a critical time of year for honey bees as they prepare their hives for winter. Ensuring that your garden is still a haven for them—by having an abundance of fall blooming flowers and an adequate water supply not clogged by leaves and debris will help ensure that honey bees visiting your garden have a better chance of surviving the winter.
With Labor Day around the corner, take time to enjoy a summer barbecue while the weather is still pleasantly warm and the days are long. Barbecuing is a cherished summer tradition and part of the fun is that it can be customized to your own style and tastes. As long as food is cooked and eaten outside and shared with others – almost anything goes. Barbecues can take place in a backyard, park, beach, parking lot or rooftop.
While you may love to eat honey right from the jar, it is good for so many other things besides using it to bake with, sweeten drinks, drizzle over food or soothe fiery marinades. You can also use honey to help clean wounds, reduce inflammation and promote new tissue growth. Summer is the season of scraped knees and itchy insect bites and honey's antiseptic and antifungal properties can help treat these annoying and often painful conditions.
Incorporating a variety of flowering plants, shrubs and trees in your community can help increase the diversity of bees, even in relatively urban environments. By providing nectar and pollen and creating natural shelters in your garden, you can create a habitat that is supportive of bees. Here are some straight-forward ide
Bee America recommends Chef Carrie Schloss’ cookbook, The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes.
April is National Garden Month. Gardening is a beloved American pastime that offers many tangible benefits: healthy food to eat, beautiful environments to enjoy, recreational areas in which to play and relax, and habitats for wildlife to forage and shelter. When planning your garden for this year, you can incorporate some simple planting strategies to help honey bees while ensuring that your yard and container plants look welcoming and beautiful.
We love the month of March. It signals the much-anticipated end of winter and promises the welcome renewal of spring. It’s fun to have a holiday in the middle of it that everybody can enjoy—even if you’re not Irish. We make this honey-infused Irish soda bread all year round. It’s a particular favorite in our household for breakfast and after school snacks.
Honey is amazing. If you’ve ever enjoyed a teaspoon of honey stirred into your tea or drizzled over your granola, you’ve essentially consumed the essence of 25,000 flowers. That’s right, it takes the nectar of 25,000 flowers to make a single teaspoon of honey.
How do honey bees survive the winter? Typically our share of bitterly cold days in the Washington DC metro area is much less compared to other regions of the country. However, given these Artic conditions enveloping much of the East Coast, I worry about how our bees are doing. While they are well prepared to overwinter harsh conditions, there are always unforeseen problems that can arise.