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Mississippi Honey

Thanks to gardeners, Mississippi Bee Farmers have additional plants for their bees to harvest nectar from to make into delicious local honey. Farm Families enjoy teaching others about bees and their benefit to our environment.

Eating locally produced honey has many health benefits including reducing allergies to local plants.

The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms).  In general, lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.

Pumpkin Honey Bread

1 cup – honey
1/2 cup – butter or margarine, softened
1 can (16 oz.) – solid-pack pumpkin
4 – eggs
4 cups – flour
4 teaspoons – baking powder
2 teaspoons – ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons – ground ginger
1 teaspoon – baking soda
1 teaspoon – salt
1 teaspoon – ground nutmeg

In large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy.

Stir in pumpkin.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated.

Sift together remaining ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture.

Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9 x5 x 3-inch loaf pans.

Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes, remove loaves from pans and allow loaves to finish cooling on racks.

Source: National Honey Board

Information prepared by Nancy Freeman, Consultant, msunancyf@bellsouth.net

Information provided by Farm Families of Mississippi, farmfamilies-staging.pntmsip1-liquidwebsites.com