Have you ever wondered why some honey is light in colour as it looks like water and some is almost black? Colour of the honey is determined by the nectar that the bees collected. Depending on the nectar source, the colour ranges from water white to dark amber.
Our honey generally falls in the water white to extra light amber categories, depending on the time of the year. The colour of our honey depends on the flowers that bloom and therefore can vary each harvest. Beekeepers have long observed that the colour of honey changes seasonally (even from the same floral source).
Honey combs are made of beewax produced by the worker bees. It contains hexagonal cells that are used to store honey, pollens and broods. Check out the photo of one of our honey combs. It contains colourful pollens from our area, capped honey and drone broods.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY
Honey is an energy-dense food. It contains simple sugars such as glucose, fructose, maltose and sucrose. It also contains proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols. Honey consumption has been widely documented to enhance our immunity, oral health, digestion, eye health and heart. Honey consumption is even shown to be beneficial in chemotherapy and wound management.
Honey is also antibacterial. Various studies have shown that honey can speed up the recovery of common cold and cough. Some studies also found that honey is effective in treating respiratory tract infection and alleviating cough in children.
Ajibola et al. 2012. Nutraceutical values of natural honey and its contribution to human health and wealth. Nutrition and Metabolism Volume 9, pg 61.
Bogdanov et al. 2008. Honey for Nutrition and Health: A Review. Journal of the American College of Nutrition Volume 27, Issue 6.
Cohen et al. 2012. Effect of Honey on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Pediatrics Volume 130, Number 3.
Our honey is extracted straight from our hives with minimal filtration. We do not pasteurise our honey. When you purchase our honey, you get exactly what it is in our hives and you can enjoy the full nutritional values of the honey.
REAL HONEY V FAKE HONEY
The easiest way to avoid fake honey is to buy from us, your trusted beekeeper!
Differentiating the real honey from the fake one is no easy task, even with the most advanced equipment.
One of the easiest criteria for everyday consumers is the moisture level. The accepted international standard for water in honey is usually less than 20%. Our honey is harvested when the moisture level is below 20%. The Indonesian (SNI) standard allows 22% moisture level. So what does that mean? It means real honey is thick, not runny.
Runny honey that does not have gas bubbles or an alcohol smell (i.e. fermenting) is FAKE. Real, unpasteurised honey contains yeast cells. Yeast loves high sugar, high moisture environment. Honey that is runny should start fermenting straight away.
If you are interested, here is an extensive review on how to properly detect fake honey: http://www.bee-hexagon.net/files/file/fileE/Honey/AuthenticityRevue_Internet.pdf.
THE TRUTH ABOUT HONEY MYTHS
1. Real honey should attract ants
Honey is full of sugars and will definitely attract ants. Sometimes we even find ants in our hives.
2. Real honey crystallizes
Some honey crystallizes and some honey does not. Bear in mind that crystallization is different from freezing, which will be discussed in the next point.
3. Real honey does not freeze
Real honey with low moisture content would not freeze in the fridge. Real honey will only thicken. Adulterated honey solution with high water content will definitely freeze like an ice block.