Where does HONEY come from?

comb honey

A specialised insert of square comb honey, for the purposes of individual packaging straight from the hive without cutting.

Honey-Comb-Icon-1The Basics

Honey is the sweet, sugary, supersaturated viscous liquid produced by the honey bee.

*Thanks to our friends at Wikipedia– that universe of online knowledge, for much of the nuts and bolts of this page’s contents.

Honey and craft beekeeping IS an art AND science, though not a rocket science. Humans apparently began hunting for honey at least 8,000 years ago, as evidenced by a cave painting in Valencia, Spain.[27]

Inverted-Honey-Comb-IconThe Science

The properties of honey vary based on the floral source and primarily characterised as follows:

Typical honey analysis:[46]checking-frame

Its glycemic index ranges from 31 to 78, depending on the variety.[47]
The average pH of honey is 3.9.
Honey has a density of about 1.36 kilograms per litre (36% denser than water).[48]

Honey-Bee-IconThe Source & Usage

Honey is available from monofloral, polyfloral (or “wildflower”), blended, honeydew, and under rare circumstances, organic sources.
Pure honey is considered kosher even though it is produced by a flying insect, a nonkosher creature; other products of nonkosher animals are not kosher.[38]

gluten-free-logoHoney, being the sole ingredient in a USDA 100% Pure Honey, is by nature Gluten-Free. Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and related grains. Therefore honey, being comprised of the partially digested nectar & pollen from floral sources, can never contain gluten.

Honey can be used in beverages, baking, and other culinary creations as a sweetener and for its moisture-retaining hygroscopic properties. It can be fermented into an alcoholic mead or used as an adjunct in beer. You’ll find honey and bee products in many foods and household items today.

Honey has been and still is used for a variety of medical uses. Nature’s own honey is naturally antimicrobial and good at healing burns, relieving allergies, eczema, asthma, improving skin tone and dryness, preventing scars, and being one of the only cough remedies recommended for children by the World Health Organization as a demulcent.

Honey-Dipper-IconTypes of Honey Products

Someone else's myriad honey products.

Someone else’s myriad honey products.

  • Crystallised
  • Pasteurised
  • Raw
  • Strained
  • Filtered
  • Ultrasonicated
  • Creamed
  • Dried
  • Comb
  • Chunk
  • Mead (honey wine)
  • Candy
  • Decoctions
  • And myriad health and beauty products

Chasing Honey Farm specialises in Raw Honey, Minimally-Strained/Unfiltered Honey, Cut Comb Honey, eventually Mead, and for decorative gifts Chunk Honey. We leave the fancy hand creams and candles up to more capable hands. We will be selling our bulk beeswax, though.

blacklogoHow It’s Made

We’ll let the visual marketing pros carry on from here- check out this great resource from the Savannah Bee Company to learn more about how honey is produced.

http://savannahbee.com/bee-education/

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