Honey & Bees… Why all the Buzz?

Honey… How sweet it is!

  • When you need to add a dash of sweetness, swap sugar for honey instead. A little honey goes a long way because the sweetness is so concentrated — you only need a drop or a drizzle for big flavor.
  • Unlike other sweeteners, honey is packed with antioxidants that can benefit gastrointestinal health through their probiotic effect (which means it helps beneficial bacteria flourish in the intestines).
  • Honey has been shown to prevent the browning of cut fruit; keep this in mind when creating fruit salads!
  • Antioxidants in honey can extend the freshness of baked goods, so it’s also choice for recipes.

“Bee” aware

  • Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we humans eat — yet their habitat is shrinking and many species are in danger. Whole Foods Market is passionate about restoring wildflower habitat, protecting pollinators and mobilizing our communities to make a difference.
  • Demand for honey supports the bee population, which is good for our environment and our farmers. So that’s another reason to use honey instead of sugar!
  • Whole Foods Market is proud to introduce our 365 Everyday Value® Pollinator Friendly Almonds and Almond Butter. They’re sourced from an orchard that works with conservationists at The Xerces Society to create a welcoming environment for pollinators.

 

Honey bees are vital to our supply of healthy foods.

We can’t eat a rainbow of healthy fruits and vegetables without them! Honey bees are pollinators, which means they travel from plant to plant to collect and deposit pollen, a substance that makes it possible for many flowers, fruits and vegetables to reproduce. Here are just a few of the foods that we would lose if all the honey bees disappear:

  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Mangos
  • Kiwi
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Green Beans
  • Celery
  • Coffee
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cocoa
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes

A buzz-worthy treat

Honey Pear Parfait

Serves 2

  • 1 ½ Tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup Plain Greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt)
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • 1 Ripe Pear
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh lemon juice (juice of ½ a lemon)
  • ¼ cup Granola
  • Extra honey for drizzling

Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix yogurt, orange juice, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Set aside.
  • Dice pear into ½ inch cubes. Toss with fresh lemon juice to keep from browning.
  • In two serving bowls, build parfait by first layering spiced yogurt on the bottom, then diced pear, then granola. Finish with a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
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