Honeybees are found all over the world and so are the food dishes that incorporate their sweet honey: Caribbean jerk, Spanish tapas, French sauces, British biscuits and Turkish cakes. Honey is truly a globally recognized and treasured resource that enriches many different cultures through their recipes and cultural traditions. This connection is especially true during the holidays. When considering what to give your loved ones, friends, neighbors or coworkers—think about giving the gift of honey.
What’s the one dessert you have to bake for Thanksgiving? You know, the one you either love to create or the one that everyone asks for each year and if you don’t make it, you’re in trouble? Is it pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cranberry bread, dinner rolls, or apple bars? When pulling out your recipes for the holidays this year, think of replacing white refined sugar with honey instead. Honey is a versatile alternative and easy adaptable to most recipes.
As beekeepers, we were heartened to learn that federal law now protects seven species of bees from Hawaii. Amazingly, this is the first time in history that the US Fish and Wildlife Service has added an insect to the endangered species list.
With so much in our modern lives that is constantly changing, isn’t it nice to know that some things will always remain the same? You can rely 100% on the fact that your honey will be, well…always honey. That’s right, honey never spoils, goes bad or expires. If you had a jar of honey for drizzling on your cornflakes when you were five, you could still be using that same honey for sweetening your tea when turn 100 years old. Except, that’s impossible for you surely would have eaten up its sweet goodness way before then.
You may have read that bees are responsible for one in every three mouthfuls of food you eat. While that statistic is perhaps exaggerated, the importance of bees to ensuring our agricultural bounty cannot be overstated. The US government projects that honeybees contribute about $15 billon dollars annually to America’s food supply. For those crops that do not completely depend upon honey bee pollination, honeybees can still have an impact by boosting crop yield and improving the harvest quality (i.e., shape and size of the fruit, vegetable or seed).
Invited to a summer party or an out-of-town getaway? Make sure you have a special thank you present for the host or hostess receiving you. Bee America Honey makes the perfect gift to show your hosts how much you value their hospitality.
Edible offerings such as honey show appreciation for a host’s generosity and are a thoughtful and delicious treat. Honey brings joy into people’s lives. There is no other natural product that captures the essence of flowers in such a sweet and tasty substance.
Celebrate the start of summer with some delicious recipes featuring our favorite ingredient—honey! Impress your guests at backyard barbecues with these homemade and tasty marinades and glazes for chicken, salmon and pork.
By making your garden a haven for beneficial insects you will encourage pollinators, provide food for other animals and help eliminate insect pests. And…you will be growing a greener garden as these “good bugs” prey on common garden pests, thus offering a safer and natural alternative to pesticides.
April is National Garden Month. Gardening is a beloved American pastime with a regional flair depending upon one’s climate. Temperature ranges, sunlight levels and precipitation amounts all influence what types of plants are best suited for particular areas of the country. Regardless of where one lives, gardens offer people the ability to express themselves through nature, similar to how artists, musicians and other creators express themselves through their respective medium.
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. While we make Irish soda bread all year round, it’s a particular favorite in our household around St. Patrick’s Day.