National Honey Board Recipes: Memorial Day Weekend


 Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and here at the National Honey Board we want to remember and celebrate all of our fallen military. We thank you for your sacrifice and appreciate everything our military does to keep us safe here at home.

That being said, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer, which brings us to one of our favorite times of year - grilling season! Whether you are spending the day with family, friends or neighbors, we've got many great honey-inspired Bee-Bee-Q recipes to make your summer sweet!

Some History and Health Benefits of Honey

The Epoch Times   By Sally Fallon Morell   2/13/14

Honey has been a valued food in many parts of the world, both in primitive societies and sophisticated civilizations. Hunter-gatherers are adept at removing honey from beehives located in hollow tree trunks, using smoke to drive away the bees.

In some primitive groups, honey supplies a large portion of total calories at certain times of the year. The Aborigines of Australia prized honey and distinguished between two types—light and dark. A Neolithic rock paintingin Spain shows a man collecting wild honey.

Egyptian writings dating from about 5500 B.C. refer to honey. At that time,Lower Egypt was called Bee Land while Upper Egypt was called Reed Land. Apiculture was well established in the 5th dynasty (about 2500 B.C.) and is shown in several reliefs in the temple of the Sun at Abusir.

Tablets from the reign of Seti I (1314 to 1292) give a value of an ass or an ox to 110 pots of honey. Thutmoses III is recorded as receiving tributes of honey from Syria in 1450 B.C.

The Indians used honey in religious rites. The Indian Laws of Manu, dating from 1000 B.C., called for a tax of one-sixth of the beekeeper’s production.

Thousands of Miles for a Teaspoon

Honey is sugary nectar of flowers gathered by bees. It is carried in “honey sacs” where enzymes begin the process breaking down the sugars. The bee then deposits her cargo into hexagonal wax cells to provide nourishment for young bees. Continued evaporation in the warm atmosphere of the hive gradually transforms the nectar into honey. Bees must travel thousands of miles to produce just one teaspoon of honey...

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Happy Independence Day! Recipes from the National Honey Board

Incredible desert ideas from the National Honey Board! Enjoy!!!

Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It’s generally associated with barbecues, family reunions, picnics, fireworks and fun. 

This year, the holiday falls in the middle of the week, a Wednesday, which may give you less time to prepare what you want to make for your get-together. If that’s the case, we can help!