Honey is much more than just something to sweeten your tea.
The honeybees labor long and hard to convert the flower nectar into their precious food. They use it to feed off of during the winter months. It is composed mainly of fructose, sucrose and water. Interestingly enough, it has a low glycemic index. The taste and flavor of the honey are dependent upon the flowers used to make it. Speak with your local farm stands to find out what type of honey they sell and become familiar with the many tastes that are available to please your palate.
Also important about honey is its healing power. Honey has been used for years to heal wounds that were difficult to heal. It has been around far longer than any antibiotic, which has since replaced it. "All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide," said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. "But we still haven't managed to identify the active components. All we know is (the honey) works on an extremely broad spectrum." (1)
Honey is thought to be healthier than the refined sugars so readily available today. It can be used in all forms of baking, to sweeten foods, and instead of maple syrup for pancakes. Honey is also a great alternative to turn to when you need something for, say, a horse with a scratchy throat. Just mix honey with water and glycerin to use as an appealing throat coat solution.
1. Honey Remedy Could Save Lives by Brandon Keim. http://www.wired.com/news/technology/medtech/0,71925-0.html