Honey at Breakfast: Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22nd and it is the perfect time to thank our pollinators for all they do to make our planet beautiful and our diets diverse and delicious. In this special edition of Honey at Breakfast, we will be honoring our favorite pollinator – the humble honey bee – with fresh fruit and honey breakfast recipes.

In addition to making honey, honey bees also perform the vital function – a second shift as we like to call it - of pollination, or the transferring of pollen from plant to plant, thus fertilizing the plants and enabling them to bear fruit. Without the honey bees' pollination work, the quantity and quality of many crops would be reduced and some would not yield at all.

Here's a fun fact: about one-third of the U.S. diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and honey bees are responsible for about 80 percent of that process. Simply by doing what comes naturally to them, pollinators contribute billions of dollars to U.S. agriculture. Learn more about honey bees and pollination here.

If you’re anything like us, there are few things better than a bowl of fresh fruit in the morning. From succulent berries to crisp apples and juicy melons, fresh fruit is a delicious and nutritious way to kick off your morning. Like we said above, this is a special Honey at Breakfast post and we are sure you will love celebrating Earth Day and all of our pollinators with these six fruit and honey recipes.

We want to hear from you! What is your favorite fruit and how do you like to enjoy it at breakfast? Tell us all about it in the comments!