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  Fun facts about bees:
 
  • Honey bees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen
  • Honey bees must consume about 17-20 pounds of honey to be able to biochemically produce each pound of beeswax.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal its own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.
  • One pound of honey equals the life work of approximately 300 bees and a flight distance of 2-3 times around the earth!
  • Honey tastes different depending on the type of flowers the bee visits.
  • Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection.
  • Honeybees communicate with one another by "dancing".
  • Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
  • Honeybees never sleep!

  •   Ways you can use honey:
     
    1. For Beauty: honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. Honey also acts as an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive skin. So use honey as a form of facial mask, or add a squeeze of honey to your moisturizer or soap at home can help hydrate your skin.
    2. For Sore Throat: when you are suffering from a sore throat, add some honey to your tea. You can also make a gargle from honey. Combine two tablespoons of honey with 4 tablespoons of cider vinegar and add a pinch of salt. Drink this mixture throughout the day to soothe your sore throat.
    3. For Cold or Flu Remedy: If you are feeling down from the cold or flu, try mixing this drink containing honey. Take 8 ounces of hot water; add 2 ounces of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. If you have eucalyptus oil or ginger root, add it for added benefits. This drink will help your congestion.
    4. For diet --- healthy Recipes:
     
    • Honey Lavender Ice Cream
      Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk
      1/3 cup honey
      1/4 dried lavender
      5 large egg yolks
      1/4 cup sugar
      1 cup heavy cream
  •   Method:
      1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, lavender, and honey. Bring to a gentle boil, cover, and remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain mixture, reserving milk and discarding lavender
    2. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until very thick and pale yellow, 3 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, return milk to a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.
    3. Add half the milk to egg-yolk mixture, and whisk until blended. Stir mixture into remaining milk, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon

    4. Remove from heat, and immediately stir in cream. Strain mixture into a medium mixing bowl set in an ice-water bath, and let stand until chilled, stirring from time to time. Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Store in an airtight plastic container up to 2 weeks.

  • kewered Grilled Fruit with Minted Yogurt Honey Sauce
  •  
    Ingredients: 1 cups nonfat plain yogurt
    3 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
    4 firm-ripe plums, each cut into 8 wedges
    4 firm-ripe peaches, peeled and each cut into 8
    wedges
    1/2 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces

      Method:
      1. Prepare grill for cooking.
    2. Stir together yogurt, honey, lime juice, and mint in a small bowl and chill until ready to serve
    3. Thread about 4 pieces of fruit onto each skewer. When fire is medium-hot (you can hold your hand 5 inches above rack 3 to 4 seconds), grill fruit in
    batches on lightly oiled grill rack, turning once, until browned and slightly
    softened, about 5 minutes total. Serve fruit on skewers with sauce on the side.