What is healthy, naturally sweet, and a miraculous treat all rolled up in one word? Honey! September is National Honey Month, and a great time to pay homage to the “little ones” that work so diligently to provide us with the only true “natural” food.
The beautiful thing about honey is that it is a naturally sweet substance produced by the bees, “from nectar of plants or the secretions of living parts of plants.” That’s it, honey, plain and simple, no fillers, no additives and no artificial flavors or coloring.
Bee Fun Fact: “Did you know honey bees communicate with one another where nectar and pollen are located by dancing?”
Bees are an amazing insect, who also have a unique factory for processing their product, the beehive. The miraculous part of the honey making process is that the “60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey!” That’s almost unbelievable, since according to old folklore, it was once considered aerodynamically impossible for the bumble bee to fly. It’s a good thing no one told that to the bees!
Today, honey’s versatility goes beyond your kitchen with more than just “sweet and savory recipes.” According to this week's CBS News Detroit, Bruce Boynton, CEO of the National Honey Board states, “For centuries honey has been used as a natural addition to people’s lifestyles, including sweetening foods, suppressing a cough, moisturizing your skin and boosting your energy levels.
And more good news for honey lovers… If you are a parent of an infant you may be surprised to hear that, “The American Academy of Pediatrics and other health care provider associations recommend that certain foods, including honey be introduced into a child’s life after age one, and continues, “After turning one year of age, the child’s digestive system may be “grown up” enough to digest honey.” Check with your doctor to see if your child is ready for the sweet taste of honey.
If you’d like to join in this month’s sweet celebration and you’re looking for fresh local honey, Detroit’s Eastern Market is a great place to start. And if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, and looking for a fun family day trip with an extra special treat, check the honey locator and visit one of the local bee farms in your area.