DAY 12 – BEE DANCE and SWEET ZUCCHINI BREAD

Bee Dance picDAY 12 – BEE DANCE  In 1973, Karl Ritter von Frisch won a Nobel prize for cracking the honeybees’ communication code. On DAY 1 we learned bees have three eyes called “ocellus” at the base of the antenna that orient bees to the sun. Karl Ritter von Frisch proved the connection between (1) worker bees using their ocellus to return to their specific hive and (2) scout bees performing a series of dance and wiggles for other bees in the hive and (3) that this is a consistent behavior used by Honeybees for communicating the location of a nectar source and finally (4) that foraging bees understand this communication and in fact, find the nectar source for the benefit of their colony. Amazing right?!

Von Frisch said about his work, “The waggle dance looks comical. But it is not really comical, it is incredibly interesting. It is one of the most amazing occurrences in the insect world. And that’s saying a lot.”

RECIPE 12 – SWEET ZUCCHINI BREAD is a delightful, breakfast treat on these winter days. Betty Crocker Zuchini Bread image

INGREDIENTS: 3 eggs/ 1 cup vegetable oil / 1 cup honey – use a medium to light-flavored honey, you may consider raw honey infused with lemon or a flavor infused Artisan Creamed Honey / 2 cups grated zucchini, unpeeled for color / 1 tbsp vanilla / 3 cups flour / 1 tsp baking soda / ½ tsp baking powder / 1 tsp salt / 1 cup finely chopped nuts (optional) / ½ tsp cinnamon (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375*F
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Mix in the oil, honey, zucchini, and vanilla until combined. Using another large mixing bowl, combine the flour; stir only enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Add the nuts and cinnamon, if using those optional ingredients, and stir just enough to combine. Bake for about 1 hour. Using 2 smaller pans will shorten the baking time.  Serve with Artisan Creamed honey – a little dab will do you.

SOURCE: US National Honey Board recipe as interpreted by Kim Flottum for the Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook, Quarry Books 2009

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