By Luella Fischer
Known as nature’s sweetener, honey has been proven to boost energy and aide a sore throat.
Colonies of 30,000 to 60,000 bees collect nectar to make honey travel as far as 55,000 miles to visit millions of Missouri’s diverse plants to produce one pound of honey.
According to the National Honey Board, bees and flowers evolved around the same time as dinosaurs. Historians report cavemen hunting bees for honey during the Ice Age, and Egyptian paintings of honeybees date back to 2500 BC. Pilgrims brought bees and their sweet treat to the states in the 1600s and were vastly used by the pioneers in the 1800s.
Did you know that, according to the National Honey Board, honey flavor and color depends on the flower blossoms bees visit while looking for nectar? There are more than three hundred varieties of honey in the United States.
A variety of farmers markets, Amish communities, and stores offer Missouri-made honey and honey products. Check out Missouri honey and honey products.
Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups ketchup
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 1 ½ teaspoons pepper
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- Combine all ingredients and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring often.
Classic Chocolate Cake
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ¾ cups cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup boiling water
- Cream honey and butter together.
- Stir in eggs.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Add to first mixture alternately with buttermilk.
- Add vanilla. Gently stir in 1 cup boiling water.
- Pour into greased 13x9 cake pan.
- Bake at 350°F for hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean in center.
Luella Fischer enjoys writing and has a passion for cooking and Missouri history. She is also the author of a children’s book series and directs a Missouri Farmers Care agriculture education program where third graders have the opportunity to make bread, plant seeds, and experience food and agriculture hands-on.