Questions and Answers

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Is your honey organic?
Sort of. I use organic practices when managing my bees and processing the honey, but it is next to impossible for any American beekeeper to (honestly) call their honey “organic”. This is primarily due to the nature of how honey is made. Bees venture out 3-4 miles from home to collect pollen and nectar from millions of plants to make their honey. There is no way to know what plants they came into contact with or where. It is possible that these plants may have been treated with a pesticide or herbicide. If you’ve seen USDA organic labels on honey before, first, check the country of origin on the label...it’s most likely not from the US. Second, did you know that the USDA currently doesn’t even have standards for organic honey? Generally speaking, most USDA inspections are done by third -party inspectors and have actually been known to slip some honey producers through as organic based on the guidelines for keeping livestock. Yes, livestock such as cows and pigs. Hmmm. If anyone labels their honey as “organic”, beware. It may be just slick marketing to snatch more of your hard-earned money. It’s best to buy your honey locally and ask a few questions of the beekeeper.

Of course, official guidelines for such things are always being created and evolving, but it is what it is.

What’s the difference between filtered and strained honey?
Honey is a delicious and beneficial food source with tiny particles of pollen and other goodies in it. Most large honey producers, and many smaller ones will force honey through microscopic filters to make the end product more crystal clear and prettier in bottles. Due to this process, much of the “good for you” stuff and wild flavors are removed. I strain my liquid honey. Straining is just what it sounds like. Essentially, I just remove pieces of natural beeswax and other hive debris from the honey, leaving behind a natural, healthy product.

What is raw honey?
Raw honey is simply honey that has not been heat pasteurized. Most commercial honeys will be heat treated (cooked) in order to slow down the rate of crystallization and to keep it clear for long periods of time on the shelf. It also temporarily thins down the honey so that it can be poured into containers faster. Unfortunately, this heating also kills off many of the natural, beneficial enzymes and flavors. Go ahead and taste test a raw honey against a heat pasteurized honey. The taste will tell you a lot. So, don’t be afraid of the word “raw” when it comes to honey. It’s safe and actually better for you than the heated alternatives.

My honey is getting cloudy (crystallizing), what’s going on?
All honey will eventually crystallize, but heat pasteurized honey like you find in big grocery stores just does it at a slower rate. I don’t heat the honey. It is not spoiled and you do not need to throw it out. If this ever happens, simply place the container in a bath of warm water until it liquefies again. Please, don’t microwave it. Trust me. View my video and more info here.

When does my container of honey expire?
Pure honey is a miracle food; it never goes bad. It has been reported that archaeologists have found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs, and they still tasted delicious! Many people find it rather surprising that bacteria cannot grow in honey because all things being equal, bacteria loves sugar. The unique chemical composition of low water content and relatively high acidic level in honey creates a low pH (3.2-4.5) environment that makes it very unfavorable for bacteria or other micro-organisms to grow.

I opened a jar of your honey and there’s this white stuff at the top! What gives?
Don’t worry. Since our honey is raw and unfiltered, what you’re seeing is some of the natural wax and air bubbles that are in the honey and have separated and risen to the top. It is perfectly fine to eat.

Is your honey, honey? I mean, is it mixed with corn syrup or other fillers?
Heck no! I hate that! My honey is 100% bee-made stuff.

How do I eat comb honey?
Did you know that comb honey used to be the way honey was commonly bought and used? It can be a bit weird to people now. Just take a spoon, fork, fingers, whatever, and break off a piece and chew it. All of the honey will come out in your mouth. Continue to chew the wax like gum and spit it out when done. If you really want to, you can swallow it...it’s safe. Many people just spread and melt it on toast to eat it.

Why is local honey good for me?
Do you have allergies? Eating a teaspoon of local honey every day provides small doses of the local pollens that you may be allergic to. Many people have completely gotten over plant allergies simply be eating local honey every day. Think of it as a delicious immunotherapy.

Need some energy? Eat some pure honey. It will help give you an energy boost without the crash associated with energy drinks. It’s great before a workout or just to help you get through your day.

Honey’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can help improve digestive health and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Studies have also shown it to be a cancer fighter.

For thousands of years, honey has been recognized as a powerful topical treatment for cuts, burns, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, sore throats, arthritis pain, and more.

There are many beneficial uses for raw honey, and these examples are just a few! It really is one of nature’s greatest foods.


Can diabetics eat honey?
Yes, they can, and they should.