SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - September 5, 2013 -- What appears to be red honey is showing up in some Utah beehives and state officials say it may be coming from bugs feasting on candy cane byproduct. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food officials say they've received several complaints about the odd-colored goo in hives in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. They say the bees were apparently fed the byproduct that came from a candy factory. Officials say they don't have any reason to call the red substance unsafe, but advise beekeepers not to mix it with normal-colored honey and to report it to the state.
September is National Honey Month! Here is a great way to celebrate: add 2 cups of frozen strawberries to a high speed blender (a Vitamix is great for this), add coconut milk until the berries are just covered (buy chilled coconut milk from the dairy section of your grocery store), add 1 or 2 tablespoons of raw honey (from Smiley Honey) and blend until smooth. I have one of these almost every morning for breakfast. For variety, add a banana, some pineapple pieces, or some peach slices. An absolutely wonderful way to get your motor running each day.
Tim McGraw sings about tupelo honey in his new hit single "Southern Girl." Here is the chorus:
Kisses sweeter than Tupelo honey
Little bit crazy like New Orleans
Memphis blue and Daytona sunny
Soft as cotton in some cut-off jeans
Don't you know,
Ain't nothing in the whole wide world
Like a southern girl.
Thanks for the plug about this amazing honey! And, for the record, there ain't nothing in the whole wide world like tupelo honey either. If you have not tried this honey yet, don't wait another minute. Click on the button below to shop for this amazing honey from the South.
From the book "The Honey Revolution -- Restoring the Health of Future Generations" by Ron Fessenden and Mike McKinnes: "Honey is a miraculous form of sunshine energy. It is distilled from sunshine by a complex, although understood, yet beguiling and numinous process known as photosynthesis . . . Plants use this sunshine energy to fund this magical process and in so doing, create pollen and sweet nectar." Fessenden and McKinnes go on to state that while honey does contain fructose, glucose and other sugars, they are combined with other substances (such as floral flavanoids) in such a way to actually assist the body in controlling blood sugar levels. Despite this fact, and the many other wonderful health effects of honey described in "The Honey Revolution", Americans consume an average of 150 pounds per year of white sugar and other sweeteners that negatively affect our health, and only 1 pound per year of honey. If you want to make a change for better health -- eat more raw honey and reduce your intake of white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other artificial sweeteners.
Yesterday afternoon, the entire front face of this hive was covered with bees. This morning, less than a quarter remained. Are these bees the last stragglers of an all-nighter? Probably not. As outside temperatures rise in the summer, the temperature inside the hive increases as well. To cool down the hive interior, bees go outside. As the temperatures decrease during the nighttime hours, many of the bees will re-enter the hive. It is kind of like your kitchen during Thanksgiving dinner preparations, when too many family members are hanging about, and you slip out onto the front porch to cool down.