Connie Blommers

In 1989, the National Honey Board declared September as National Honey Month, as it is usually around this time that the bees start to secure their hives in preparation for winter.

There are close to 4,000 species of bees native to the United States. This recipe is from Sweet Tea and Cornbread:

Honey Pecan Fruit Salad

1/2 cup honey

3/4 cup mayonnaise (can use light)

1 cup seedless grapes, halved

3 oranges, peeled, seeded and cut in bite size pieces (can use a 11 oz. can of Mandarin oranges, drained if you do not have fresh oranges)

4 apples, cored, unpeeled and diced (I used 2 red and 2 green for color)

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

juice of 1 lemon

1 cup pecans, chopped

Mix the honey and mayonnaise together in a bowl until smooth. Set aside. Place the grapes, orange pieces, apples and bananas in a bowl.

Sprinkle the lemon juice over the fruit. This keeps the apples and bananas from turning dark.

Sprinkle half of the pecans in and pour the dressing over all. Toss gently, careful not to mash the fruit. Once tossed, sprinkle the other half of the pecans on top.

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