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Honey: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Honey?

Bees make honey from the nectar they sip from the hearts of blossomed flowers. A long and tedious process is required to transform the nectar into the thick, golden substance we call honey.
Honey is essentially, a mixture of sugars which varies in flavour depending on the source of nectar which is formed by the enzyme, invertase, present in the bodies of bees.
The raw material for honey is nectar from flowers . The honey bees extract the nectar of the flower, change the chemical structure of nectar and make it into honey. The bees transport the honey back to the hive, where they deposit it into comb like cells. Once each cell has been filled up with honey, the bees produce a wax capping to close the cell and preserve the honey. The bees fan with their wings to reduce the moisture content of the honey from as much as 60% to 20% or even less. ...
Honey is nectar from the flowers. Bees drink nectar from the flowers and pass it on to 3-4 bees before putting it into the cells, it is the enzymes in the bees mouth that change nectar into honey. Man tried to duplicate that process and could not.
Nature's unrefined sweetner is produced by the bees from the nectar of flowers. Honey is mostly made of two simple sugars, levulose and dextrose. It is 17% water and contains traces of maltrose, sucrose, vitamins, minerals, organic acids, ask and enzymes. As honey's sugars are mainly levulose( frutrose or fruit sugars ) and dextrose ( glucose or grape sugars ), it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and is an instant source of energy or a speedy Pep Builder. ...

Is this honey pasteurized?

No, but it is heated. Pasteurized honey is heated to 60-70 degrees Celsius. This honey is heated to 42 degrees Celsius.
Honey is by nature very low in bacteria and other microbes and does not benefit from a pasteurization process.
Honey does not benefit from pasteurization because it is naturally low in bacteria and other microbes.

Is this honey organic?

No, this honey is not organic. In order to produce organic honey, a beekeeper must have a 6k radius around his/her hives of land that is not sprayed. In this area, that is impossible to find. It would mean moving to another area. This honey is produced though using minimal chemical intervention in the form of medicines or other treatments.

Is honey raw?

If it says on the bottle or jar, it may be. Call the company and ask. Labels may be misleading most times.

Is honey vegan?

Bees naturally produce honey for themselves and not for us; honey is therefore not meant for human consumption and is not considered to be a vegan food. Bees are unfortunately often killed in the production of honey. Also, honey does not contain fibre, which is what our bodies need.
Again, it depends on one's definition of vegan. Insects are animals, and so insect products, such as honey and silk, are not traditionally considered vegan. The production of most vegetables and honey involves harvesting and transportation and involves many 'collateral' insect deaths . The question remains a matter of scientific debate and personal choice. However, when cooking or labeling food for vegans —particularly vegans you don't know— it's best to be on the safe side and not include honey.

How many forms of Honey are there?

There are 3 forms of honey, namely liquid honey, crystallized honey and semi-crystallized honey. Liquid honey is honey that is free from visible crystals. Crystallized honey is honey that is solidly granulated or crystallized, irrespective of whether candid, creamed or spread types of crystallized honey. Semi-crystallized honey is honey that is a mixture of liquid honey and crystallized honey. *Reference: US standard

What are the characteristics of fermented Honey?

If honey is fermented, bubbles will start to appear. The honey will start to produce a sour smell and there will be a “pop” sound when the bottle cap is opened.

Why does Honey crystallize?

Most honey will crystallize after it is removed from the comb; some kinds of honey crystallize just a few days after being extracted, whereas other types remain liquid for weeks, months and even years. Honey consisting of a greater proportion of glucose to fructose will granulate/ crystallize faster. Different flower nectars have different proportions of these sugars.

What are the medical properties of Honey?

Honey is a natural energizer as it is a source of rapid supplied energy. Applied to injury, minor abrasions and burns, honey can aid in healing. Honey is an effective antimicrobial agent. Taken in any way, whether stirred in coffee or tea, spread on toast or simply eaten by the spoonfuls, honey will boost our daily supply of antioxidants.

What is/was Honey's connection to Duke?

Honey Huan was assigned as translator to Duke when he was U.S. ambassador to China. She later came to the U.S. as a foreign exchange student, re-joined Duke, and has remained with him as business associate/love slave ever since.

Does Honey Go Bad?

Not normally. Honey can ferment if it is harvested incorrectly and there is too much moisture in it. Fermentation will have a yeasty and or alchohol type odor. Otherwise, your honey will be fine for many years, but it may crystallize; and if it does, it is still fine.

What is Project Honey Pot?

Project Honey Pot is a distributed network of decoy web pages website administrators can include on their sites in order to gather information about robots, crawlers, and spiders. We collate data on harvesters, spammers, dictionary attackers, and comment spammers. We make this data available to our members in order for them to protect their websites and inboxes.

What is Honey Money SM ?

For all gift purchases from a couple's Starwood Honeymoon Registry, they'll actually receive Honey Money SM gift certificates that they can use for any item on their hotel bill. Honey Money SM is valid for up to two years from the date of purchase, so they can also use it for a weekend getaway or their first anniversary!

WHAT IS THE BEST HONEY ON EARTH ?

Its wild honey of course. Since its unprocessed, it contains no sugar or other additives. Wild Honey is highly potent; it contains royal jelly, propolis, pollen, vitamins, mineral and anzymes, so natural that it is called The Food Of God.

Is honey considered vegan?

No. Insects, including bees, are animals. Honey is therefore an animal product and thus not vegan. However, some people who otherwise identify as vegan do consume honey. When cooking or labeling food for vegans,­ however,­ it's best to be on the safe side and not include honey. Agave nectar is a common substitute for honey.

Is your honey graded?

Our honey is not graded and could not pass for U.S. Grade A Fancy because of the particle content. All Honey labeled U.S. Grade A Fancy is highly processed, and much of it is imported.

Why not filter honey?

The fine filtering of honey removes much of what makes raw honey a healthy and desirable food. This would include particles of pollen, beeswax and propolis.

Why not pasteurize honey?

Honey will deteriorate when exposed to heat. The higher the heat, the faster and greater the effect. For example, honey has numerous enzymes. Most of these enzymes remain stable under 100ºF but have decreased activity when exposed to temperatures over 120ºF. For instance, the enzyme diatase, which is common in honey, shows a 50% reduction in activity after 15 days at 122ºF. Most enzymes in honey are almost completely destroyed when exposed to temperatures above 160ºF for even a short period. ...

Why Bumblebees and not Honey Bees?

Tomato flowers do not have nectar, which is essential for honey production. Bumblebees are happy to roam without nectar as they dont produce honey. As a matter of interest the vibration rate of a bumblebees wings is equivalent to the speed of an electric shaver

What is the nutritional profile of honey?

Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, but also contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Recent studies have shown that honey also contains antioxidants. It seems that honey contains a variety of flavanoids and phenolic acids which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating all the free radicals in our body. ...

Does Honey spoil?

As long as honey is stored in an airtight sealed container, it will remain stable for decades. However, honey is susceptible to physical and chemical changes during storage; it tends to darken and lose it aroma and flavor or crystallize. Therefore, even though honey does not have a definable shelf life, most processors state a shelf life of between two and four years.

Does pollen make honey?

Bees make honey from Nectar - the juice of the plant. Pollen is the 'sticky dust' on the flower which is brushed off as the bee passes from flower to flower (pollination) - these gather on her legs as little pellets/granules (sacks) and the co lour varies from orange to yellow, black to purple, green to brown.... As the flowers are all different. Pollen gathering by the bee is intentional. ...

What is the deal with bees and honey?

Honeybees make honey. Not all species of bees make honey, but honeybees make honey. Honeybees make honey by going to plants and collecting nectar. They store the nectar in a second stomach. When the honeybee flies back to the hive they spit up the nectar and the other worker bees in the hive take the nectar and mix it with enzymes. The by product of the nectar and enzymes is raw honey. The bees place it in the comb and when the water content is low the bees cap the comb cells. ...
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