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« on: September 21, 2004, 07:32:55 AM »

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL HONEY MONTH



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Celebrate with Hundreds of Honey Varieties Available

(Longmont, CO - September 2002) - Before you take a bite of that crisp apple or ripe pear, take a second to salute the humble honey bee who pollinates it and the bulk of our nation's agricultural crops. These hard-working bees also keep us in constant supply of sweet-tasting honey for consumption. September is National Honey Month, providing a perfect opportunity to celebrate nature's original sweetener.

Americans consume nearly 1.5 pounds of honey annually (Beth nd her husband consume that in a good week!) - mixing it into sweet and savory recipes, adding spoonfuls to tea and other beverages, and drizzling it over biscuits, toast and muffins. Consumers can now choose from hundreds of honey varieties, each with a special flavor characteristic. These varietal or "floral" honeys result from the bees   gathering nectar from flowers of only one type of plant.

Honeys may range from clover and eucalyptus to orange blossom, buckwheat and sage. Generally, lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust. Local beekeepers are the best source for single varietal honeys, selling their products at farmer's markets and specialty stores. Visit the honey locator at www.honeylocator.com to find a specific floral source in your area.

Emerging research also indicates that honey is a source of antioxidants, making it a healthy alternative to other sweeteners. As a source of carbohydrates, it also provides a quick source of energy.

Based in Longmont, Colorado, the National Honey Board is a research and promotion board that drives the demand for honey generically through marketing, research, promotion, and advertising.

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