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Raw Honey – How to recognise it?

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When making a transition to a healthier lifestyle, you’d probably immediately think of ways to cut sugar from your diet. Honey is the perfect substitute to satisfy your sweet tooth! However, the honey you’re buying might be causing you more harm than good. With countless options in the supermarket, it’s easy to fall for processed and refined sugar claiming to be honey. So, how to recognise raw honey? Let’s hive (read: dive) in! 

Raw Honey: What Exactly Is It?

Before we talk about ways to test raw honey, you need to know what precisely raw honey is.

Raw honey is that thick sweet goodness that comes straight from the beehive – untouched. The way it’s supposed to be! Raw honey is unpasteurised, unprocessed, and not heated to high temperatures. 

Raw honey contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and several health benefits, such as the reduced risk of certain cancers and heart diseases. 

Well, all honey is raw honey. Right?

Wrong! You’ll come across gazillions of bottles of honey in your local supermarket. In all sorts of fancy packaging. However, have you ever stopped to noticed how clear and smooth the honey is? How it never crystallises? That’s not what real honey is.

Unless stated otherwise, most honey is pasteurised, processed, and contains sugars and sweeteners. Processing honey makes it last longer and ultimately sells better. But at what cost?  

How To Recognise Raw Honey?

Apart from the fact that raw honey is cloudier and has a thicker consistency than the honey you usually find in supermarkets, there are a couple of other ways to test raw honey right at home with things you already have lying around. Let’s get testing! 

The Heat Test

Although you should not heat raw honey as it weakens its enzymes and decreases its nutritional value, we can put it to the test by heating a small portion of it. When pure raw honey is heated, it tends to caramelise quickly. While when impure honey is heated, you’ll notice it begins to bubble. 

The Flame Test 

Another fun experiment is the flame test. Most of us already know honey is flammable; why not use that property to test it? You dip a matchstick into some honey and strike it against a matchbox. If it lights up a flame, you’ve got pure nature’s goodness. If not, well, unfortunately, you’ve been lied to. 

The Water Test 

Raw honey is dense, as compared to adulterated honey, which is smooth and runny. So, understandably, when a tablespoon of raw honey is suspended in a glass of water, it will settle to the bottom of the glass. This is because of its viscous nature. Processed honey, on the other hand, will dissolve in the water. 

The Vinegar Test 

The vinegar test is another method to check for your honey’s purity. Add a tablespoon of the honey in question into a container. Follow that with a few drops of vinegar and some water. If you observe foaming at the surface of your concoction, you’re not consuming raw honey.

The Finger Test 

Unlike the tests mentioned above, all you need for this one are your fingers! It’s quick and easy. All you have to do is place a small drop of honey on your finger and move it around slowly. Raw honey doesn’t drip. It sticks to the surface it comes across. However, if it runs down your finger, you’ve got an imposter within the honey community! 

Honey Down the Drain, Now What?

If you’ve tried the above methods and realised that your honey’s not pure, you’re probably wondering where you can purchase raw honey and not get lied to this time. Well, when in search of Real Raw Honey’s raw honey, you won’t be getting stung by bees, that’s for sure! 

Here at Real Raw Honey, honey is produced by small beekeepers located in ecologically clean areas who work in harmony with the nature to produce nothing but the best. So we can proudly say that we provide raw, 100% natural honey the way it’s supposed to be. Straight from the beehives to your doorstep! 

The benefits of honey are no secret. Honey has been used for its healing benefits ever since the time of the ancient Egyptians.  

Try it out for yourself!  You won’t be disappointed! 

Which honey is the best?

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”Which one of your honey is the best?”

We cannot define, which one is the best, as this really depends on the personal preferences. However, we guarantee for the quality of all varieties. Feel confident in choosing any variety.

Perhaps the main choice is do you prefer runny or crystallised honey? We have the current state of each product in the product description, this is something to look for when purchasing honey.

Where does your honey come from?’

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Where does your honey come from?

Our honey origin from Bulgaria.

Bulgaria has been known as one of the biggest producer of high quality honey and beeswax for a long time. The history of Bulgarian beekeeping consist of ancient traditions, knowledge and experience.

Bulgaria is small country, but has a lot of magic, history, traditions and natural treasures.

The biodiversity in Bulgaria is extremely rich. It has almost all European habitat types, also a significant number of unique ecosystems.
Over one third of its territory is mountainous and semi-mountainous areas, pure nature far away from industrial areas and all sources of pollution.

The lack of working enterprises in heavy industry preserves and enriched the ecological environment, which contributes enormously for the purity of honey production. Also there are many protected areas with a rare plants and animals.

The moderate four seasons climate, the varied vegetation and the ecological natural conditions form the perfect environment for the development of strong and healthy bee colonies as well as for the extraction of clean and pure honey with amazing taste and aroma.

Last but not least, Bulgaria is one of the richest countries in herbs and honey plants in Europe, as many of them are unique to the world.

Interesting facts #11 “The Story of Cheese and Honey”

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The combination of these two delicious foods began around A.D. 14-37 with a Roman gourmand named Marcus Gavius Apicius.
Throughout the ages, the name Apicius has been associated with luxury and gluttony and just happens to be the title of the oldest collection of recipes from ancient Rome.
Although the many legends surrounding the life of Apicius, history seems to agree that his extravagant menus were regarded as a high art and his parties were lavish banquets often lasting for days on end. As well known, feasting was a significant part of Roman society, and honey was a delicacy reserved for only the elite. Apicius included honey in many of his recipes, it kept food fresh and moist; and could also mask the taste of spoilage, in the days before refrigeration.

Interesting facts #10 “Honey doesn’t spoil”

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Interesting Facts #9 “How the Bees Make Honey”

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The Bees have glands which secrete an enzyme, known as ‘bee enzyme’. The nectar the bees collect from flowers or other nectariferous is mixed with the bee enzyme. Back at the bee hive the nectar is passed from one bee to another, further mixing the nectar with bee enzyme, then is dropped in to wax cells, called honeycomb. These are hexagonal shaped cells that the bees make out of beeswax and use it as a storage for the honey.

Delicious with Honey #2

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Easy, but elegant this recipe is perfect to be served, as a starter or a snack at any time.
Ingredients:
4 Figs
Few slices bread
Goat Cheese
Honey
Preparation:
Cut 8 thin slices of bread and toast lightly – we used a walnut & sunflower seed bread and it contributed a lot to the amazing taste, but it will be as good with your preferable bread.
Generously spread the toast with goat’s cheese and add a few slices of a fresh figs.
Drizzle with honey and serve.
We used a lavender honey, which blended very well and gave a fresh aromatic finish.

Delicious with Honey #3 “Stuffed Baked Apples with Nuts and Honey”

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Juice baked apples – the perfect desert in cold or warm weather. Delicious and healthy. The apples are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber that enable healthy metabolism and food digestion. In combination with nuts and honey it gets even better!
Ingredients:
4 apples
4 teaspoons honey
80g of crushed nuts as desired
cinnamon, vanilla extract
Preparation:
Wash apples and remove the inner part with a paring knife. If desired, you can cut in half and remove the core.
Place nuts and honey in a bowl. If desired, add cinnamon and vanilla extract Mix well. Fill apples with this mixture of nuts and honey.
Arrange stuffed apples in a pan coated with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until apples soften. Serve while warm.
Enjoy!
We used Coriander Honey which has full bodied taste with notes of spicy caramel and blended fantastically well in these recipe.

Interesting Facts #4

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Interesting Facts #4

Honey is a common remedy for insomnia. Taken before bed assists in a good night sleep. In fact University of Cambridge Counseling Service suggests ea

ting bread with honey or drinking warm tea with honey before bedtime to alleviate anxiety.

Lavender honey is excellent choice against stress and to relax the nervous system. Acts as a natural relaxant, it has a soothing effect on migraines and palpitations. Luteolin, another antioxidant found in Lavender honey, which helps to boost the immune system and promotes healthy blood glucose levels. Taken before bed Lavender honey also assist in a good night sleep.

Link to Lavender Honey➡️ https://realrawhoney.co.uk/product/lavender-honey/