Not only does September typically usher in college football season, those last-minute summer vacations, and the beginnings of fall-like weather in some parts of the US, but September also happens to celebrate one of our favorite things – HONEY!
September is National Honey Month.
Since 1989, when the National Honey Board declared September as National Honey Month, this month has been utilized to promote the beekeeping industry, beekeeping in the United States, and, of course, honey! While we all know honey as Mother Nature's sweetener, honey is so much more than a sweet treat, and the beekeeping industry is a vital part of agriculture across the globe!
You might be asking how you can help celebrate National Honey Month, we have some suggestions.
Support Local Honey
By supporting local honey producers, you can verify that the honey you're purchasing is authentically pure raw and has beneficial properties that have been used for centuries to treat many ailments and reinforce your body's natural immune system. Local buying also helps strengthen communities and benefits your regional apiary businesses.
At World Honey Market, we offer four of our floral variety honeys which are harvest right here in the state of Florida! Gallberry, Florida Wildflower, Florida Holly, and Orange Blossom. In addition, our Datil Sting Hot Honey starts with World Honey Market's Orange Blossom honey and then is infused with fresh datil peppers from St. Augustine, which makes for an authentically Florida product and is certified Fresh from Florida.
Plant bee-friendly flowers
Even if you don't keep bees, planting a bee-friendly garden is something anyone can do.
When selecting your garden blooms, make sure to include some local native plants in various colors.
Bees, like humans, enjoy diversity. Include flowers of different sizes and shapes and plant them in clumps to make foraging a breeze.
Find plants that bloom at different times of the year. Support a range of different pollinators throughout the other seasons. Trees and shrubs produce much higher quantities of pollen and nectar. However, smaller plants produce forage more regularly – it's great to have a selection of both.
Try honey as a substitute in your favorite recipes
Honey has a lot of benefits over granular sugar. Honey has more vitamins and minerals, is sweeter, and has been shown to raise one's blood sugar more slowly. If you buy local, it is unrefined and natural. Another perk, it also will keep your baked goods moister longer. Here's how to substitute honey for sugar in a recipe.
To start with, it's a good idea to substitute up to half of the sugar in a given recipe. Once you've experimented more and have a better handle on how it works, you can try a higher percentage of honey. Here are the principles of substituting honey for sugar:
Up to one cup, honey can be substituted for sugar in equal amounts. For example, you can substitute 1/2 cup of honey for 1/2 cup of sugar called for in a recipe. Over one cup, use about 2/3-3/4 cup of honey for every cup of sugar. This is because honey is actually sweeter than sugar.
Honey is a liquid, so you'll need to reduce the liquid in the recipe a little. Do this at a rate of 1/4 cup less liquid for every cup of honey used in the recipe.
Honey is also a little acidic. To counteract this, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for every cup of honey used.
Honey causes baked goods to brown more quickly, so reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees F and watch carefully as the time gets close.
1 cup of sugar = ¾ cup honey
Decrease liquid called for in the recipe by ¼ cup
For each cup of honey in baked goods, add ½ teaspoon baking soda
Let us know if you have other fun ways you celebrate National Honey Month!