Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

Spring has a Buzz
by Nancy J. Cohen

March heralds a transition from winter to spring. Honeybees, which have been dormant through the cold winter months, rouse to action as the weather warms and flowers bloom. I learned about these critters for Easter Hair Hunt, #16 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries. This title just released two days ago. Story Description – An Easter egg hunt at a historic mansion is not all it’s cracked up to be when hairstylist Marla Vail discovers a body in a bunny suit. Can she use her egg-cellent sleuthing skills to solve the case?

As summer approaches, worker bees will leave their hives to forage for nectar and pollen. They use the pollen to feed their young and the nectar to make honey. Eventually the beekeepers can harvest this product, which ends up on our kitchen table.

Did you know there are single-floral varieties, such as mango and orange blossom honey, or multi-florals like wildflower honey? Honey varies in taste from mild to bold, the lighter-colored ones being milder. Honey is also known for its antiseptic and antibiotic properties as well as its use as a cough suppressant. People with seasonal allergies may find it helpful to ingest honey as a way to reduce their sensitivity to pollen.

I like to use honey on waffles and French toast instead of maple syrup. How about you? Are you a spoonful-of-honey in your tea kind of person? Do you add a slice of lemon, or perhaps go straight without any extras? And if you’re a honey fan, what is your favorite kind?

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