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.
The properties of honey vary based on the floral source and primarily characterised as follows:
Typical honey analysis:
- Fructose: 38.2%
- Glucose: 31.3%
- Maltose: 7.1%
- Sucrose: 1.3%
- Water: 17.2%
- Higher sugars: 1.5%
- Ash: 0.2%
- Other/undetermined: 3.2%
The 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.
Honey, 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.
- Mead (honey wine)
- 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.
How 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.