The bees are busy, and so is the 2013 American Honey Queen! Caroline Adams of Plano, Texas, is visiting North Dakota this week. On her agenda: honey, and lots of it. The Honey Queen made her very first stop in the state on Country Morning Today, where she told us about her schedule, gave us facts about North Dakota honey and even made J.R. and Alyssa breakfast!
North Dakota Honey Facts:
In 2012, North Dakota produced 34,115,000 pounds of honey, valued at $64,553,000.
Because of honey's humectant properties, it is commonly used in lotions and other cosmetics to moisturize skin without producing excess oil.
Migratory beekeepers truck bees across the nation - following the seasons - for the purpose of crop pollination.
Honey's versatility makes it ideal for use in everything from main dishes and sauces, to beverages and desserts.
In North Dakota, honey bees play a vital role in pollinating sunflowers, alfalfa, clover, flax, apples, plums, pumpkins, and cucumbers.
There are more than 300 varieties of honey in the US, including buckwheat, clover, sage, basswood, and wildflower.A tablespoon of honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrates, making it an ideal energy source for athletes.
There are an estimated 211,000 beekeepers in the US, maintaining anywhere from one to several thousand colonies.
Studies show that due to its antibacterial properties, honey is beneficial in wound healing.
Simple ways to help honey bees include creating bee habitats through planting flowers such as clover and wildflowers, supporting local beekeepers, raising awareness in your community, and considering beekeeping yourself.
Recipe for Honey Cream Spread
1 package (8 oz.) - cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup - local honey
2 Tablespoons - orange juice
½ tsp grated orange peel
Combine cream cheese, honey, orange juice and orange peel; beat until well blended. Spread on fruits, muffins or breakfast breads.