Do You Buy Pure Honey ?
Are you buying pure honey ? Are you sure ? Do you expect it to be 100% pure honey and nothing else ?
Don’t be deceived by those cute golden bears you see at the local big box store. That beautiful golden hue that draws you in may be a “non honey” substance in disguise. Or at best, a sweetener that contains honey plus other things. So we must consider the definition of honey.
As a beekeeper, I believe real honey is 100% pure honey and nothing else.
Why Fake Honey is Big Business
Honey is one of the most adulterated foods on Earth—many companies mix it with cheaper sweeteners like sugar and corn syrup to increase the volume of product available for sale and boost profits. Honey bees make honey and 1 adult bee only makes about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey during her life. This perfect product can be harmed during the bottling process without care.
Therefore, honey is expensive to produce. If you watch the media, you will often see stories about honey that has been confiscated due to import problems. Proper origin is always an issue with honey imports.
How to Find Real Honey VS Fake Honey
In an attempt to force full disclosure of ingredients for the consumer, the FDA has guidelines that require honey labels to list ingredients. You want to see a label that says PURE HONEY .
Say NO to labels that list “honey blend” as an ingredient. In spite of these attempts you will still find honey that is not what it appears to be whether it contains other ingredients or has been illegally imported into this county.
We sure do not expect a label to openly declare that the product contains fake honey. And no label can guarantee the purity of the product inside the container.
Honey is About Much More Than Color
Unfortunately, you can not identify pure honey by color. Honey is made from plant nectar. The nectar source determines the color of the finished honey. In general, the darker the honey, the stronger the taste and the higher the antioxidant content.
Buckwheat honey is among the darkest, so choose it when you want to savor a strong, distinctive honey flavor, while a light honey such as alfalfa is best when it acts mainly as a sweetener and other stronger flavors take the lead.
If you want local honey, you must consider where you live. Here in upstate South Carolina I don’t see many orange groves. Therefore, I would not expect to find any local Orange Blossom honey.. LOL
Wildflower honey and maybe some Sourwood is the most typical upstate South Carolina Honeys for the localvore.
Enjoy trying honey from other areas as a unique added flavor to your coffee, tea or baked goods. If you are using honey as a possible aid for allergies be sure to buy raw honey ! Pure raw honey is good even if it was not harvested in your neighborhood!