Honey is a magical ingredient. So incredible, that we decided that it needed to be our first ingredient to feature on The Moment. Actually, it was part of what inspired The Moment to be born. When we learned about honey and all that goes into making it, we knew we needed to spread the word. Not to mention, how delicious good honey is. Once you taste it, you can’t go back to commercial honey. And once you learn about the importance of bees, you’ll want to do everything you can to support them.
Saying that bees are important isn’t actually a strong enough statement. They are crucial. We couldn’t survive without them. In fact, a third of the food on planet Earth is pollination dependent. If pollen were not passed from one plant to the next, then fruit trees and other crops would only produce flowers, no fruits or vegetables. It’s said that if bees ceased to exist tomorrow, humans could only survive for 4 years – seriously.
If you haven’t heard about colony collapse, here’s a quick overview: 1/3 of our bees die annually. This started around 2006. Researchers are struggling to figure out exactly why but they think it’s mainly due to pesticides. This is why it’s so essential to support local Apiaries (and organic farms).
The good news is that it’s really easy to support local bee keepers because their product is so delicious. (You can get the local honey that we like to buy here).
Of the many reasons that honey is incredible, making just a single pound requires 1,500 bees, travelling a collective 50,000 miles to tap 2 million flowers. Honeybees spend every moment of their life devoted to making honey. But they love their jobs and we can understand why. A bee begins its day by visiting flowers and collecting nectar from the blossoms. Back at the hive, they convert this nectar into honey and seal it into individual honeycomb cells made of homemade wax to keep it clean. What this process really means is that every drop is an incredible gift.
Adding to its esteemed origins, raw honey, aka the unpasteurized version, contains a treasure trove of nutritional value. This sweet, sweet gift from the beehive is loaded with antibacterial properties that have been used since the days of Egyptian tombs! Honey’s scientific super powers contribute to its vastly touted health benefits for the whole body.
Why you should enjoy honey:
A tablespoon of raw honey contains 64 calories, is fat-free, cholesterol free and sodium-free.
Serious Energy. With just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, this natural, unprocessed sugar source of fructose and glucose can enter the bloodstream with haste for a dose of instant energy.
Antidote to sleepless nights. A tablespoon of honey before bed maintains the liver’s needed glycogen levels for a full eight hours, so the body doesn’t waste its resting and recouping time searching for an energy source overnight. It also facilitates restorative sleep by contributing to the release of melatonin in the brain.
Memory boosting antioxidants. This golden nectar is chock full of antioxidants and has been found to improve short-term memory and helps the body better absorb calcium, an absolute essential for maintaining brain health.
Staying healthy. We know the expression goes “an apple a day…” but there are a number of interesting findings about the antimicrobial and anti-diabetic properties of honey. Honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe persistent coughs has led to a common belief that it can also reduce allergy symptoms. It is also a popular home remedy for digestive health. Which is why we have a least one spoonful of honey a day.
External body healing. Honey is often used to help skin heal faster from wounds and burns, soothe inflammatory acne and relieve itchy scalp caused by dandruff. If you want to hydrate and calm your skin, apply a honey mask with 1-2 T of honey directly onto your face.
Honey is Beauty. Loaded with essential nutrients and enzymes and also a natural humectant– you can literally honey yourself to more beautiful skin, hair and nails.
Discover more about this amazing ingredient with of The Moment recipes using delicious raw honey. Try our Ricotta Honey and Thyme Toast, a soothing Honey Tocos Elixir and the best breakfast yogurt you’ll ever have.
Here are some of our favorite honey makers around the country:
Bee’s Needs, Sag Harbor, NY
Katz, Napa Valley, CA
Catskills Provisions, Long Eddy, NY
Windward Orchard, Hudson Valley, NY
TruBee, Franklin, TN
Got your jar, but not sure how to start putting your honey to good use? Here is your inspiration:
Yogurt & Honey, just the right amount of sweetness to feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast, but 300% healthier.
Ricotta Honey Toast, salty/sweet tapas style appetizers that are as simple as drizzle, smear, enjoy.
Tocos Elixir, your much needed coffee replacement.
Geri’s Ice Cream, vegan and packed with yummy super food goodness.
Photo by Sally Griffins