National Honey Week (4 – 10 May)

National Honey Week is run by the UK Honey Association.

Forn 2009, the Honey Association will celebrate National Honey Week with the help of celebrity chef Lesley Waters, who will be encouraging families to get together and have fun cooking with honey over the May bank holiday.

Now entering its eleventh year, National Honey Week is one of the UK’s sweetest celebrations, and will run from 4 to 10 May 2009. Lesley Waters, loved for her infectious enthusiasm and down-to-earth cooking style, will support and launch Little Honey Chefs, a free family cookery guide packed full of delicious honey-based recipes, basic cooking tips and fun activities.  Little Honey Chefs aims to inspire adults and children to spend time cooking together this spring.

Naturally sweet and endlessly versatile, honey is a fantastic cooking ingredient and a great way of getting kids buzzing in the kitchen. Lesley, who is a huge fan of using honey as an ingredient in her own cooking, will highlight how easy it is for children to learn important basic cooking skills that will set them on the path to becoming budding little honey chefs.
Little Honey Chefs will be available during National Honey Week from the Honey Association.

About Honey:
It is believed that bees have been producing honey for 150 million years, with some of the earliest written references about honey dating back to the 40th Century B.C. in ancient Egypt.  Here are some interesting facts about this wonderful foodstuff but for more detailed information such as history, origins, types and culinary information and recipes visit the website.

  • Honey is a completely natural ingredient – nothing is ever added or taken away
  • The bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man
  • Bees can fly for up to six miles, although one or two is more common.
  • Bees collect pollen and nectar in the spring when most plants are in bloom.
  • Honey has antiseptic properties and can be used to treat sore throats, burns and cuts
  • There are over 35,000 beekeepers in Britain producing 4,000 tonnes of honey
  • The fructose in honey speeds up oxidation of alcohol by the liver
  • Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey to maintain her youthful appearance

An A to Z of honey

  • A is for.. Apis the Latin name for bees
  • B is for.. Beauty – honey has been used in beauty preparations for centuries
  • C is for.. Cuts and grazes – honey is a mild antiseptic which helps the healing process
  • D is for.. Distance – bees fly for several miles at a time to gather nectar
  • E is for.. Energy – a teaspoon of honey provides an instant boost
  • F is for.. Flu – hot honey and lemon is the ideal tonic for cold and flu sufferers
  • G is for.. Greek – the deliciously, dark rich honey with a taste of liquorice and aniseed
  • H is for.. Hangovers – the fructose in honey speeds up oxidation of alcohol by the liver
  • I is for.. Insects – the bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man
  • J is for.. Jelly – royal jelly is the magical food which turns an ordinary worker bee into a queen
  • K is for.. Kvas – a Russian variant of mead, made from barley and rye
  • L is for.. Lavender – a delicately flavoured sweet honey from the Mediterranean
  • M is for.. Mead – a honey wine brewed with spices
  • N is for.. Natural – honey is a totally natural product, with nothing added
  • O is for.. Orange blossom – a lovely fragrant clear honey which tastes of almonds and orange rind
  • P is for.. Pollen – bees collect pollen in the spring when the flowers are in bloom
  • Q is for.. Queen – the matriarch of the colony
  • R is for.. Romans – who used honey instead of gold to pay their taxes
  • S is for.. Stir fries – add honey to stir fries to counteract the spiciness and give a rich flavour
  • T is for.. Texture – honey can be clear (runny) or set
  • U is for.. Unifloral – a honey made primarily from a single flower source
  • V is for.. Valentine – cook your honey a delicious meal using honey – see recipes
  • W is for.. Waggle dance – performed by the bee to show its hive where the nectar source is .
  • X is for.. eXperts – the Honey Association provides expert speakers on all things honey-related
  • Y is for.. Youth – Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey to maintain her youthful appearance
  • Z is the sound made by bees’ wings which beat 11,400 times per minute Ü

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