FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HONEY

What should I ask when buying honey?


Is it pure? Pure honey is not a "blend" and doesn't have added ingredients like corn syrup or sugar. Is it filtered? Most honey is screened for bits of wax and bee parts before bottling. Mass produced honey is filtered to remove suspended particles like pollen grains and air bubbles. This is done to make the honey as clear as possible and to reduce crystallization. While this honey doesn't change the taste of the honey, it could remove some beneficial properties. Is it raw? Raw honey has not been pasteurized, a process that heats the honey to keep it from crystallizing and which can destroy beneficial enzymes.




Does honey go bad?


Pure, raw honey never goes bad. It may crystallize and appear cloudy, but that will not effect the taste or shelf life.




What is crystallized honey?


Almost all honey will crystallize over time because it's a complex sugar, not a simple sugar. Honey is composed of fructose, glucose, and sucrose. Sometimes the glucose will separate from the small amount of water that is a natural component of honey. When this happens, the glucose forms tiny crystals, making the honey appear cloudy and granular. Water content in honey from the hive is around 17%, not enough to allow harmful bacteria to grow. You should not add water to honey unless you plan to use it right away or refrigerate it. Adding water to honey will invitie bacteria, causing it to spoil.




What can I do if my honey crystallizes?


Remove the lid from your jar. Place your glass (not plastic) jar of honey in a small saucepan. Add water to the pan so that it comes up the sides of the jar about an inch or two. Gently heat, stirring the honey every few minutes until the crystals melt and the honey is liquid again. Keep in mind heating honey in the hive rarely gets over 100°F and you risk destroying its beneficial enzymes, pollen, and antioxidants if you get it too hot. Don't let water get in the honey or you will risk inviting bacteria. Allow the honey to cool before replacing the lid.




What gives our Wild Flora Honey its dark color and floral quailties?


Our honey's unique terroir comes from the hundreds species of wild flora our honeybees forage for pollen and nectar on our farm. These native trees, shrubs, and flowers vary from season to season resulting in honey that may taste different in spring and fall. The dark amber color is due in part to the many tulip poplar trees present.




Do you use chemicals in your hives?


We limit our interventions to splitting colonies in spring to prevent swarming, and feeding them in winter to prevent starvation. We don't treat our hives with chemicals for diseases or mites. A strong and healthy hive takes care of itself and so far, our bees have managed themselves very well. You're welcome.





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