Here are some fun facts about bees and honey
Did you know...
-Honeybees are responsible for approximately 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the US.
-Honey never spoils.
-Honey speeds the healing process and combats infection.
-A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
-Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
-Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the necessary substances to sustain life, including water.
-A honeybee can fly approximately 15 mph.
When you substitute honey for granulated sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for half the sugar called for in the recipes.
When substituting honey for sugar in baked goods:
-Reduce liquids in recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used.
-Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey used.
-Reduce the oven temp by 25 degrees to prevent over browning.
Some of the Benefits of Honey
-Honey has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times.
-Honey has distinct antiseptic properties, which is why it is so good for sore throats.
-Honey also acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process in wounds, scrapes and burns.
-Eating local honey can help ease or banish allergies completely. The person builds up an immunity to the local pollen, dust and mold that is causing the allergies.
-Honey contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and therefore is a great beauty aid that nourishes the skin and the hair.
-A research physiologist with USDA, Dr. Baer, concluded that diabetics tolerate honey better than other sweeteners because honey has a lower GI, which means it does not cause sudden spikes or drops in blood glucose levels.
-There are no known side effects to honey when used in moderation.
Store honey at room temperature by leaving on the kitchen counter or a pantry shelf. Storing in the refrigerator will accelerate the crystallization of the honey. Crystallization is the natural process in which the liquid in honey becomes solid. If crystallization occurs, you can boil a pot of water, remove from heat source and place crystallized jar of honey in hot water until liquifies. Understand that each time you have to re-liquify honey it will be a shade darker. It is not recommended that you put honey in the microwave as this destroys all the vitamin and mineral benefits of consuming local honey and the honey can be easily scorched.