The term ‘organic honey’ or ‘raw honey’ is becoming more and more common these days. It would be healthier and tastier than ‘regular’ honey. But what exactly is raw honey? Does organic honey exist? Below we have listed a few things for you about organic honey. After that you can almost get started as a beekeeper yourself. When is something called flower honey? How it is prepared and how long you can store it? You can read all the answers to the above questions and more in this article.
How do we get organic honey?
Bees make honey from nectar, which they collect from the flowers they visit. Whether honey can be called organic, therefore, depends on the type of planting – organic or not – from which the bees ‘eat’. The beekeeper determines, by placing the hives, where the bees fly to, because they stay reasonably close to their hives. In order to obtain the quality mark for organic honey, the beekeeper must meet a considerable list of requirements. The most important of these is that the bees are kept in areas where there is no industry or busy roads within a radius of 3 km. where no chemical pesticides are used within 3 kilometers of perimeter, or where there is only a nature reserve.
If you buy organic honey, you can be sure that beekeeping takes place with a view to maximum animal welfare: well-being for the bees.
Flower honey – what’s in a name?
Bees are flower-resistant, they continue to fly on the same flower as long as there is still nectar for them. It is therefore possible to obtain a specific type of honey: e.g. linden honey or acacia honey. The beekeeper chooses an area where a particular flower is currently blooming, so that he knows where the bees are going to collect nectar. This determines the taste and structure of the honey.
The Heating Process?
The honey must have a certain percentage of pollen to be able to name it after a type of flower, which is being researched. The flavors of the different honeys are therefore quite far apart. ‘Flower honey’ is the most common (supermarket) type, is simply mixed honey where the origin of the flowers cannot be traced, and therefore has a very general taste.
Honey is mainly heated during processing after it has been spun. Sieving, filtering, filling and re-liquefaction after crystallization of the honey. Most people prefer liquid honey instead of cream honey. However, to liquefy honey, it is heated: the longer and higher it is heated, the more damage occurs. Proteins (pollen) flake out and enzymes are lost. This is easily measurable.
How long does honey last, and how should you store honey?
Organic honey does not spoil itself: it contains no preservatives and is best stored at room temperature. After a while, most honey will crystallize or saccharify, which means that the honey becomes less liquid, less spreadable. This is a natural process that you can easily reverse at home, by heating the honey in a bain-marie again to the desired thickness.
Organic honey, healthy and delicious
Honey is a tasty alternative to sugar in pastries or tea, or on a sandwich. Unheated honey has an anti-inflammatory effect, many people swear by ‘a spoonful of honey a day’ to support the immune system. Also for external use on small wounds. There are sources that associate honey with the reduction of hay fever symptoms.
Is it safe for infants or kids?
Honey contains no (artificial) additives, no added sugar, no artificial colors, no flavors and no preservatives. Please note: honey is not suitable for children under 1 year of age. This has to do with the (very small chance) of traces of the botulism bacteria in honey. This warning only applies to children under 1 year of age, because after 1 year the intestinal flora is only fully grown and at full strength.