Bees, Bees, Bees


| 7/6/2017 9:28:00 AM


Connie Moore

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Have you ever been "busy as a bee?” It’s doubtful; not to degrade your industriousness, but bees are, by most measurements, the hardest working creature alive. Just take a moment to consider some facts about bees.

1. Bees are the only insects that produce food consumed by humans.
2. They not only have six legs, two compound eyes with thousands of lenses, three single eyes, two pairs of wings, a nectar pouch and a stomach, but they also have 170 odorant receptors.
3. Their wings beat an outstanding 200 times per second.
4. They can fly 5-6 miles at up to 15 miles per hour.
5. If a bee flew around the world, it would only consume one ounce of honey.
6. During one collection trip on any given day, a bee will visit up to 100 flowers.
7. A bee’s brain is about the size of a sesame seed, yet it can differentiate and remember all flowers in its range, calculate distances, and communicate all that information with the other bees in its  hive.
8. They communicate all of the above by dancing.
9. They can sense an air pressure change so as to know if it is wise to go and forage or better to stay in the hive.

One of the most interesting honey cookbooks is the 2010 publication Honey, I’m Homemade, edited by May Berenbaum, published by University of Illinois. Packed with honey information and loads of recipes from around the world, the book is perfect for getting to know a sweet that we may take for granted.

From the office shelves here at the Moore household, here are a few of our favorite recipes.



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