Our favorite time of the year has arrived and we can’t wait to celebrate it with you! National Honey Month is officially recognized in the month of September each year to honor honey in all of its divine, sweet glory. It’s a time where we celebrate the hard work of our bees, promote and support American beekeeping and most importantly, give thanks to our little, winged friends for making what the ancient Greeks called as the “nectar of the Gods”.
So stick around; discover just how these honeybees make one of their most prized possessions, how honey can be incorporated into your diet and lifestyle choices and finally, we’ll share an old Honey Feast recipe that will leave you craving the sticky goodness we call honey, all day long.
How Do Bee’s Make Their Honey?
Ever watch a honey bee land on a flower and start to crawl inside the flower? That’s because she is doing one of the most important jobs in the hive. She is foraging for nectar! Honeybees forage for pollen and nectar from flowers. They use their proboscis (fancy word for a tongue that acts like a straw) to suck up the juices from the flowers which they then bring back to the hive. When the foraging bee arrives back to her hive, she will regurgitate the nectar into the mouth of another worker bee. This worker bee will use enzymes to break down this nectar into simple sugars like glucose and fructose. That worker bee will regurgitate the mixture into another bee’s mouth and another, until all of the nectar is broken down into simple sugars. Once the regurgitated nectar cannot be broken down anymore, the worker bees will store the honey in their honeycomb. But it’s still not honey yet! The so called “bee vomit” is still too watery, so worker bees will begin to rapidly flap their wings, steadily decreasing the moisture content of the honey to be. Finally, when the honey has reached an ideal moisture level the bees will cap the comb with wax, preserving the liquid gold for years to come. So in simpler terms, honey is just highly appetizing bee vomit. Yum!
Nectar of the Gods
The beauty of honey lies behind its versatile and remedial nature. From its taste to even a small whiff of freshly harvested honey, there is nothing in the world quite like it. Honey is prized for its health benefits, contrasting flavors and endless uses. Swap out cane sugar for honey as it is packed with antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Not to mention honey is much sweeter than standard sweetners, meaning you will need less of it to satisfy your sweet tooth.
As mentioned previously, honey derives from the nectar of flowers existing in a particular environment. Some say when you buy local honey to a region, you are” tasting the land”. Consequently, every honey contrasts in flavor, texture, consistency, smell. Just like with wine, there are certificates and classes for those who want to become sommeliers in the field of honey. Pretty cool!
Lastly, honey is not just for eating! So many of the worlds market is dependent on honey for beauty and medicine products. Try out our Manuka honey, as it contains an array of antibacterial properties that can help with problem skin.
Homemade Honey Butter:
And the moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived; Honey Feast’s homemade honey butter!
Here in the south we tend to put butter on or in almost anything. Some people call it southern charm, but really, it’s just our buttered food. This homemade honey butter recipe will have all of your dinner guests asking for seconds. The recipe can be used in baking, sauces, or just as a simple spread. Here’s how to do it:
- ½ cup of any softened butter of choice
- ½ cup of honey
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla
- Mix the butter and vanilla first until smooth.
- Slowly add honey into mixture while stirring.
- Whip the mixture until light and fluffy. All ingredients should be mixed in evenly and not separate.
Transform any boring slice of bread into a decadent treat with this fast and simple recipe. Pretty soon you’ll ask yourself why you don’t make it more often. Be sure to check out our complete honey line at Shop our Hive. We have a variety of infused honeys like vanilla that you can use to add your own creative flare to any recipe.
Well, thats it for now. Happy National Honey Month and thanks for buzzing by! Go plant some flowers and support your local beekeepers with every purchase of local honey.