January 31, 2023
Happy 2023 and welcome to the beginning of a 12-month adventure
featuring honey and honeybees.
Along the way, we’re going to learn
some very beneficial facts about bees, honey and honey production.
Join the “buzz” each month for a closer look into the fascinating world
of honeybees. Discover secrets of the colony that will leave you amazed
at how efficiently these tiny insects perform their specific duties within a brief, but highly productive, lifespan.
Follow the wisdom from our monthly “Drops of Honey” for incredibly
interesting information. Learn the story of honey and how it is made.
You will quickly discover that the honeybee is truly a brilliant creature.
The Appeal of Honey
Throughout the history of mankind, honey has been celebrated by every generation, tribe and culture. Dating back to 2100 B.C. where it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the Hittite codes and the sacred writing of India and Egypt, honey is a subject with universal appeal. Its magical properties and versatility are treasured by people groups across the globe.
Over the next twelve months, our journey into the world of “honey”
promises to give us a growing admiration for the source of this golden gift
from nature: the honeybee. Hopefully, our understanding of the role each
tiny bee plays in the process of honey production will inspire us to be more
appreciative, and protective, of these fascinating creatures.
So, let’s get busy learning what all the “buzz” is about!
An adventure into the world of honey wouldn’t be complete without some favorite recipes using it as a key ingredient. Our first recipe featuring honey is a staple of Southern cruise: Honey and Herb Cathead Biscuits (many years ago in the Deep South, biscuits were so large they were described as being the size of a cat’s head). So, let’s jump right in and enjoy the taste of these flaky, tender and delicious gems drizzled with the superstar flavor of Sourwood honey. Top your biscuit with a small piece of honeycomb and freshly chopped thyme for a heavenly finish.
Linda Alexander, Dallas County Master Gardener Class of 2008