The taste and color of honey varies according to flowers where the bees gather the nectar. Each different type of plant will yield honey with a different taste. The same plants, growing in different soils and climates, can yield different honey. 4-H’ers are encouraged to investigate the local/regional honeys of the United States and see how they differ in taste and color. Is a honey dark with a rich flavor, or light in color and mild-tasting? One honey may be the choice for topping your pancakes; another may be best for baking cookies or cakes. Actual access to the honey for tasting is not required – just find out about some of the characteristics and write about them. Please click here to access the rules. Additional information can be found by clicking here and here.
The NC Beekeepers award $50 to the chosen essay from North Carolina, and the first place national winner is awarded $750. ONLY electronic submissions are allowed. Essays must be received via email by midnight, February 14, 2011. Essayists should email their entry to: Steve_Bambara@ncsu.edu.