Why is raw unfiltered honey better?
The simple reason is that it taste better and is better for you. Most commercial honey packers blend, heat and filter their honey to increase shelf life and consistency. Unfortunately the flavonoids, enzymes, fragrant volatiles, and particles of pollen and propolis that make honey exciting and delicious get destroyed or removed in this process. This is what sets raw honey, like our, apart from your common supermarket honey.
The natural enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and trace elements in raw honey are shown to be beneficial to health & wellness.
Does honey go bad?
Honey will never go bad, it will however, eventually crystallize. First turning cloudy, then forming granular crystals of sugar. Raw honey will crystallize more rapidly than commercially bottled honey. To return it to a clear liquid state heat it carefully in a double broiler or in a glass jar in very hot water not to exceed 120 degrees-- to insure it retains its wholesome goodness. Do not boil it, getting the honey too hot will darken it and degrade it's flavor. No need to refrigerate it, in fact, refrigeration will speed up the crystallization process.
Honey can be stored unopened, indefinitely, at room temperature in a dry cupboard. Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence, it was found in the tomb of King Tut & was still edible.
Is it true that Honey is antimicrobial?
A review of scientific literature suggests that honey is an effective antimicrobial agent and thus may be an effective dressing for wounds and burns. Antimicrobial agents inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, yeast and molds. Honey is antimicrobial for many reasons, including its high sugar content (that limits the amount of water available to microorganisms to grow), its relatively high acidity (low ph), the presence of organic acids and the presence, in low concentrations, of hydrogen peroxide. When used to treat minor skin injuries, honey may promote healing, prevent scarring and keep the bandage from adhering to the wound.
Why and How are there several different varieties of Honey?
Honey varieties-- It all depends on where the Bees Buzzed
The color and flavor of honeys differ depending on what blossoms the bees visit in search of nectar. Honey colors range from almost colorless to dark brown and flavors vary from delectably mild to richly bold. As a general rule, lighter- colored honey is milder in taste and darker- colored honey is stronger. Some varieties have a distinctive flavor while others have subtle flavor variations. Climatic conditions of an area can also influence honeys flavor and color.
In the United States, there are more than 300 unique types of honey produced, each originating from a different floral source.
How fast does a Honey bee fly?
15 miles per hour.
How much honey does the average worker bee make in her life?
1/12 of a teaspoon
Why do they buzz?
The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making the distinctive buzz.
How many flowers does a honey bee visit during one collection trip?
Honeybees visit 50 - 100 flowers during one collection trip.
How many eyes does a honey bee have?
Honeybees have 5 eyes.