Hope you haven’t forgotten about National Honey Month! Here are some interesting facts about Honey:
1. Americans consume nearly 1.5 pounds of honey per person annually – mixing it into sweet and savory recipes, adding spoonfuls to tea and other beverages, and drizzling it over biscuits, toast and muffins.
2. There are approximately 300 varieties of honey in the United States. They vary from water-white fire weed to rich dark amber buckwheat. In general, lighter-colored honeys are milder in flavor while darker-colored honeys are bolder in flavor. Darker honeys also tend to have a higher mineral content and antioxidant potential.Because of the floral sources from which honey originates, no two honeys are exactly alike in flavor or nutritional content.
3. Since honeys may contain pollen, studies are underway to determine if eating local honey could relieve allergy symptoms.
4. Honey is a natural source of energy that contains a unique mixture of glucose and fructose. Recent studies suggest that this unique mixture of sugars works best in preventing fatigue and enhancing athletic performance.
5. All-natural honey is an effective treatment for minor abrasions and burns. A recent review of medical research documents its effectiveness as an antimicrobial agent.
6. Research has shown that unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals as well as antioxidants.
7. Honey is naturally hydrating and non-irritating. For relief of the irritating symptoms of sore throats caused by viruses, try a spoonful of honey to soothe and coat the throat. In between, keep up liquids with a steaming cup of tea sweetened with honey.
8. Honey is an ingredient in more and more manufactured products from cereals to cough syrup. Over 200 new products containing honey have been introduced since 1998, many of which promoted honey’s all-natural, wholesome image.
Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Makes 4 servings
2 lbs. sweet potatoes or yams
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
1. Wash and pierce potatoes or yams. Place on a piece of heavy-duty foil and bake at 375°F for 40 to 50 minutes until just tender.
2. Cool, peel and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces.
3. Spray 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place cooked potatoes or yams in dish; set aside.
4. In small pan, combine orange juice, honey, cornstarch, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Stir until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat stirring until thick and mixture begins to boil. Stir and cook for one minute.
5. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Pour over potatoes or yams stirring to coat.
6. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes until hot and potatoes are tender.