What is honeycomb Honey?
Honeycomb is a natural bee product that consist of waxy, hexagonal cells, full of raw honey. It is built by honey bees in the hive to store their honey and pollen. The honey and its comb are both edible and packed with nutritious, vitamins and antioxidants. Honeycomb also may contain small amounts of propolis and royal jelly – this are additional bee products with significant number of bioactive compounds.
Honeycomb has two main components – Raw honey, which is rich in enzymes and antioxidants, and beeswax that contains long chain fatty acids and alcohols.
You can eat the whole honeycomb, including the honey and waxy cells surrounding it. In addition the waxy cells can be chewed as gum.
Unless all health benefits relevant to raw honey, honeycomb may benefit the heart by increasing blood flow and “good” cholesterol levels, while lowering “Bad” LDL cholesterol. Also beeswax alcohols found in honeycomb may improve liver function.
How to use it:
There are many ways you can consume honeycomb, perhaps the best one is to eat it as it is, so you can really enjoy on the smooth soft texture and feel the honey bursting in your mouth. It can also be used as sweetener in homemade deserts, on top of yogurt, oat meal or just on toast. It goes well alongside fruit, charcuterie, or aged cheese or just on top of salad. Avoid heating as this will neutralise some of the nutrients.
Store in airtight container, and keep in cool and dry place, but not in the fridge. Honeycomb does not spoil as longest is protected from moisture.