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2 Recipes Featuring Honey to Try This Summer

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Honey is a delicious sweetener made by bees. Here's more on where it comes from, plus 2 recipes that feature honey.

Where to find honey

Bees construct it in their hives. It is a collection of hexagonal cells made of wax by bees inside a hive or nest in which honey is stored, eggs are laid, and larvae develop.

Beekeepers remove the comb and release the sweet honey, which is a terrific ingredient for cooking.

Recipes

Honey carrot coins

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced into coinS
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Add carrots to a small saucepan and cover with water. Boil for about 10 minutes or until carrots are cooked. Drain carrots and put saucepan with carrots back on stove. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5-7 minutes so sauce can thicken a little.

Honey lemonade

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 quart carbonated water
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

Mix honey and lemon juice together in a 1-quart juice container until the honey dissolves. Add carbonated water and lemon slices. Refrigerate until cold. To serve, fill each with ice and pour the lemonade over it.

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board.

A quick tip

Table sugar is sucrose, a naturally-occurring sugar made up of one glucose molecule and one fructose molecule joined together. Fructose seems sweeter to our taste buds, and honey has lots of fructose. You can use less honey than sugar in recipes for that reason.

Did you know that honeybees are disappearing? Read more about Colony Collapse Disorder in this blog post.

The Mystery of the Disappearing Bees

About a decade ago, people started noticing that bee hives were empty and bees were missing. Large numbers of bees across North America started dying, leaving their usually busy and buzzing hives unoccupied. The problem persisted, so farmers and scientists took notice. According to the  Department of Agriculture, in October 2006 beekeepers began reporting losses of [...]

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