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Buzz feed: It’s time to enjoy honey!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

By: Jeff Ash


Honey bees have been hard at work in the hive, producing honey all spring and summer. It’s time to reap the rewards!

 

September is National Honey Month, a great time to find that sweet treat at end-of-season farmers’ markets.

 

“This is traditionally the big harvest month, especially in the Midwest,” Matt LaForge, vice president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, told Wisconsin Public Radio last September.

 

Honey may be the original natural food. It’s been harvested for thousands of years. It’s a natural sweetener, spooned into everything from coffee to plain yogurt to cocktails. It’s a natural source of carbohydrates, the body’s fuel. A spoonful of honey is a natural cough suppressant, either straight up or blended with lemon, ginger and water.

 

A teaspoon of honey has 60 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates (as sugars).

 

There are more than 300 kinds of honey, each depending on the source of nectar collected by honey bees. Typically, light-colored honey has a milder flavor and dark-colored honey has a stronger flavor.

 

“Wisconsin honey is prized all around the country and even around the world,” LaForge told WPR last year. “The big honeys we produce that are unique to this region are basswood and black locust, but we also produce a lot of clover honey, a lot of alfalfa honey, and that’s just because of the special land use that we have in Wisconsin. We have a lot of small farms, we have a lot of dairy farms, and there’s a lot of forage grown for those animals, and that forage is also, in a lot of cases, really good for honey bees.”

 

Honey is good for just about everyone, although it’s recommended that children be at least a year old before having honey for the first time.

 

Here’s a quick and easy way to get the flavor of honey into your dinner. (September is National Chicken Month, too!)

 

Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers

 

Makes 8 servings

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lime, juiced

1 pound of chicken breast strips, skinless and boneless

 

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk all liquid ingredients together until completely blended. Pour mixture into freezer bag and add chicken strips. Reseal bag and gently shake to cover chicken strips. Allow to marinade for 2 hours.

 

Next, prepare skewers by soaking bamboo sticks in water for 15 minutes. Remove chicken strips from marinade and skewer onto bamboo sticks. Grill on medium to high heat for 8 minutes or until juices are clear and chicken is fully cooked.

 

Source: National Honey Board

 

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