Did you know that September is National Honey month? Honey is a natural ingredient.

“People are quickly realizing the uniqueness and versatility of this one-ingredient wonder,” said Bruce Boynton, CEO of the National Honey Board. “Honey is no longer confined to the kitchen and
culinary applications, as its versatility now spans to the medicine cabinet, beauty regimen and
even the gym.”

Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes
honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos
and conditioners. Also, honey can be used to soothe a sore throat.

The National Honey Board has always recognized the importance of honey bees and the benefits
of honey. In 1989, the National Honey Board worked with the United States Department of
Agriculture to give honey the praise that it’s due and September was officially deemed National
Honey Month. Why was the month of September selected? Good question, because
most of the United States honey is harvested in September.

Try this tasty Pumpkin Honey Bread recipe provided by the National Honey Board. It will be an
excellent treat with your morning coffee:

Pumpkin Honey Bread

1 cup honey
½ cup softened butter or margarine
1 (16 ounces) solid packed pumpkin
4 eggs
4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs,
one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Sift together the remaining ingredients. Stir into
pumpkin mixture. Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9×5 3-inch loaf pans. Bake
at 350 o F for 1 hour. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes: invert pans to remove loaves and
allow to finish cooling on racks.

Here’s one more quick and easy recipe from dinnertonight.tamu.edu

Pomegranate Fruit Salad

2 cups green apples rinsed and diced
2 cups strawberries rinsed and thinly sliced
2 cups of blueberries rinsed
1 cup cherries rinsed, pitted and sliced
½ cup pomegranate arils
1 Tbsp fresh mint chopped
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp honey

Combine the fruit in a large bowl. Sprinkle the chopped mint over the fruit. Drizzle with honey and lime.
Toss to combine. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition facts:
Calories-100; Fat-0.5g; Cholesterol-0mg; Cholesterol-0mg; Sodium-0mg; Carbohydrates-26g;

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