Why September? Because September is the month that marks the end of honey collection season for many beekeepers in the United States. The awareness month was initiated by The National Honey Board (a US government established, USDA-overseen, organization) in 1989.
We all know honey makes for a great natural sweetener, but in addition to that, honey has a multitude of benefits that many people don’t know about. For starters:
- Since honey is slightly sweeter than sugar, less can be used to achieve the same sweetness intensity.
- Honey not only gives dishes a unique flavour, but it also enhances and balances the flavour of other ingredients used in recipes.
- Honey makes for a great emulsifier too! It can act as a binder and thickener for sauces, dressings, marinades and dips.
- Honey, in addition, acts as a substance which provides and retains moisture to a variety of dishes and as a result, can even extend the shelf life of baked goods. Because of this great humectant benefit, it's also used as a natural ingredient in moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners.
Let's now celebrate honey and its many uses - not just in September but always!! Check out some of the many uses I've discovered from all over the internet.