It’s September! What does that mean? Well, for starters, it’s National Honey Month – 30 days of celebrating one of nature’s sweetest natural ingredients. Since 1989, our friends at the National Honey Board have recognized this month as the time to officially give honey its moment in the spotlight. And it just so happens that September is a key month for harvesting honey. Coincidence? You decide.
For a quick refresher, remember that honey is made by honeybees from flower nectar. It can be added to a wide range of foods and oftentimes is used as a natural sweetener and alternative to sugar. Baking with honey can sometimes be a challenge if you’re not familiar with the complexities of its makeup. Check out some useful tips we recently compiled for baking with honey here.
There are many different types of honey thanks in large part to the different types of flowers that the honeybees visit. For a closer look at the kinds we offer at Sue Bee® Honey, take a look at this informative post from our blog.
We know that honey has long been considered one of the most unique and versatile ingredients in the world. But its wonderful uses don’t end in the kitchen. Honey’s uses can expand into the medicine cabinet, the beauty drawer and the gym bag as it’s been proven to help cure many side effects from illnesses, help clear up skin and provide a boost of energy when feeling sluggish.
Here are some more interesting facts about honey:
- Honey can be traced back as far as the Egyptians. Honey was actually discovered in King Tut’s tomb and found to be still edible!
- In colonial times, American settlers used honey to aid preserve fruit.
- Honeybees flap their wings more than 11,000 times per minute and fly as fast as 15 miles per hour.
- To produce one pound of honey, honeybees visit approximately 2 million flowers!
- A spoonful of honey can provide sweet, slow and soothing relief to an irritated sore throat.
There are so many more uses for honey that it’s impossible to list them all. Do your part to help spread the word this month and feel free to share your favorite facts and uses as well!